Outdoor seating at NYC restaurants could be back in July

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Patrons wear protective masks during the coronavirus pandemic while standing at tables placed outside of restaurants on May 28, 2020, in New York.Frank Franklin II / AP

Outdoor seating at New York City restaurants could be back in July,  2 1/2 months months after the coronavirus pandemic brought most businesses to a halt, officials said Thursday.

Phase 2 of the city’s reopening is on track for early July, Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters, with the most notable change being restaurants serving patrons al fresco.

In coming weeks, de Blaio said City Hall will announce plans that’ll offer more street space to restaurateurs so they can welcome back customers for outdoor dining: “This is going to be another important step — but again health and safety first.”

Restaurants now can serve food for pickup. 

Source: NBC News

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