NYC Legislation & Guidelines
Below you can access information about federal, state, city and private resources in regards to coronavirus (COVID-19).

NYC has established two programs to encourage and allow businesses to conduct operations outdoors in order to reduce crowding and slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • The Open Restaurants program allows for outdoor restaurant service by permitting tables on the sidewalk and in the street with proper barriers.

  • The Open Storefronts program allows ground-floor retail businesses to conduct business on the sidewalk outside of their establishment.

Each program requires a completed application and businesses must follow the specific guidelines set forth by the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed seven pieces of legislation providing relief for tenants, commercial establishments, and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.


      The new laws support struggling small businesses by:

  • Imposing limits that third-party food delivery services can charge restaurants to 15% per order for delivery and 5% per order for any other charge

  • Extending the suspension of sidewalk cafe fee collection from restaurants to February 28, 2021

  • Protecting commercial tenants that were subject to capacity restrictions, forced to close, or business owners who contracted COVID-19 from harassment and personal liability. 

  • Suspending renewal requirements for licenses and permits from City agencies during the duration of the emergency and extends such suspension for an extra 45 days


For more details on this legislation click here.

New restrictions have been established for all New York restaurants and gyms beginning November 13th. Starting each day at 10:00pm and lasting till 5:00am, all gyms, restaurants, and bars must be closed. This action was taken by Governor Cuomo in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. For information on this latest development and other COVID-19 guidelines, click here.


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