When you apply, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to all applicable terms and conditions and all applicable laws and guidance for operating your outdoor dining area.
If you are not compliant, the City may revoke or suspend its authorization at any time.
Learn about Open Restaurants program rules and restrictions.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about Open Restaurants.
Hours of Operation
Restaurants and bars are required to close outdoor dining from 12 AM to 5 AM daily.
Businesses can choose to require masks for all customers.
You must remove tables and chairs or secure them in place when not in operation.
Open Restaurants can incorporate heating elements into their outdoor dining setups.
You have three heating equipment options:
- Propane heaters are no longer allowed as of May 31, 2021. Propane must be removed from outdoor dining set ups.
Restaurants are allowed to use tent enclosures to keep diners warm.
- In partial tent enclosures, at least 50% of the tent’s side wall surface area must remain open. Electrical heaters are allowed.
- In full tent enclosures, the tent’s side walls may be closed but occupancy limitations are capped at 25% of capacity. Indoor dining guidelines must be followed. Electrical heaters are allowed.
- Enclosed structures, such as plastic domes, are allowed for individual parties and must have adequate ventilation to allow for air circulation.
If your restaurant is offering outdoor dining, you must take steps to control rats and other pests.
Restaurants are responsible for managing rats around their dining structures, including when rats have made nests (also known as burrows) into adjacent street trees.
Learn how to reduce rats and other pests around outdoor dining areas.
The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) issues a Snow Alert when one or more inches of snow are possible. To protect customers, staff, and property, Open Restaurants may need to close roadway dining when a Snow Alert is in effect and take other precautions.
When roadway dining is suspended, Open Restaurants will be notified by email.
- Remove or secure any tables and chairs.
- Remove all electrical heaters.
- Remove any overhead coverings, if possible. At a minimum, please regularly remove the snow from overhead coverings until the snow alert ends.
- Secure objects such as umbrellas, tents, tables, and chairs, or bring them inside if high winds are expected.
If 12 inches or more of snow is forecast, you must also:
- Remove or consolidate roadway setups to have as small a footprint as possible along the curb.
- Use snow sticks to increase the visibility of setup components if they are moved.
The City will announce when the Snow Alert is over and in-street dining may safely resume.
You can sign up to receive Snow Alerts and other updates from Notify NYC or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter for announcements.
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