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Legislation allows restaurants to continue using sidewalks, streets for outdoor dining

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday that will allow restaurants to continue to use municipal spaces, including sidewalks and streets, for outdoor dining.

News 12 Staff

Jul 7, 2021, 7:57 PM

Updated 1,080 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday that will allow restaurants to continue to use municipal spaces, including sidewalks and streets, for outdoor dining. 
The law, which was initially issued in June 2020 under an executive order by Cuomo, allows restaurants to continue using the public spaces for one more year as they recover from the financial strains caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 
The governor's office says restaurant usage of outdoor public space must meet all federal, state, and local laws, rules, and guidance, according to the signed legislation. 
It said restaurants must also have a temporary use permit from the municipality, which is tasked with ensuring the public space is used in a safe, orderly manner. 


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