Outdoor dining will be permanent and year-round in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday on WNYC Radio.
Restaurants will be able to use sidewalks and streets for seating for years to come, the mayor said.
This announcement comes as indoor dining, at limited capacity, is set to begin next week.
The mayor said restaurants will be able to add heating lamps to keep the area warm, but if restaurants completely enclose the outdoor space they will have to adhere to indoor dining guidelines.
De Blasio appeared on the radio show to take questions from the community.