• Alex Lipovtsev

Indoor Dining in NYC Allowed with 25% Occupancy Limit on 9/30

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced indoor dining in New York City will be allowed to resume beginning September 30th with a 25 percent occupancy limit.


All restaurants that choose to reopen will be subject to strict safety protocols, including temperature checks, contact information for tracing, face coverings when not seated and other safety protocols. Bar service will not be permitted, and restaurants will close at midnight. Guidelines will be reassessed based on the data by November 1. If the infection rate does not increase, restaurants may be permitted to go to 50 percent capacity; the State will monitor any positivity increase on an ongoing basis and potentially reassess if necessary. Business guidance for indoor dining in New York City is available here.


Guidance for Indoor Dining in New York City

  • 25 percent occupancy limit

  • Temperature checks will be required at the door for all customers

  • One member of each party will be required to provide contact information for tracing if needed

  • No bar service - bars will only be used as service bars, a source of making drinks and serving them tableside

  • Masks must be worn at all times when not seated at a table

  • Tables must be six feet apart

  • Restaurants close at midnight

  • Strict adherence to all State-issued guidance

  • Restaurants should operate with enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards

  • Limit air recirculation and allow for outside air ventilation

  • Outdoor dining will continue in the interim

Restaurants must publicly post their indoor dining capacity and phone numbers to report violations. Patrons who observe violations can report issues by calling 833-208-4160, or by texting 'VIOLATION' to 855-904-5036.

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