New York’s Return to Indoor Dining Includes Half-Capacity Seating, Cuomo Says



by Tanay Warerkar@TanayWarerkar  Jun 9, 2020, 11:54am EDT

Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally unveiled plans for a return to dining-in at the state’s restaurants and bars after weeks of calls from restaurant owners for some type of guidance. While the guidelines echo all the rules set out for outdoor dining last week, there are a couple of new additions:

  • Restaurants can reopen with half capacity indoors, but this does not include the number of tables set up outdoors. The occupancy limit excludes employees.
  • Tables must be placed at least six feet apart from each other. For tables that can’t be placed six feet apart, the guidelines call for restaurants to install barriers that are at least five-feet tall.

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