We're into Phase 2 and outdoor dining will begin today just in time for the great weather coming this weekend. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement today.

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Here are some Outdoor Dining Rules for restaurants so you'll know what to expect:

  • All Outdoor tables have to be placed at least six feet apart
  • Restaurant staff must wear a facemask or face coverings,
  • Customers not seated must wear a mask

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul released this statement after Cuomo's announcement, according to WGRZ News:

Thanks to the efforts of New Yorkers, we are beating this virus and reopening the economy in a safe and responsible way.

I've been listening to restaurant owners and brought their ideas to state health officials, which is why I'm particularly pleased that the Governor has permitted restaurants to host outdoor dining as part of Phase 2. Upstate New Yorkers can now help their local restaurants get back on their feet as they begin to reopen. I look forward to dining outside soon.

At the same time, remember that this virus is still in our communities. We can't afford to lose our momentum, which is why it's important to continue wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer and practice social distancing."