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Offline Shelby2

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Outdoor seating areas that seem like indoors
« on: November 11, 2020, 03:37:04 PM »
Just curious if you are comfortable with the restaurant outdoor seating areas that are almost completely enclosed?
The NY Times just published an article about these setups. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/09/nyregion/nyc-outdoor-dining-winter.html

"The Setups for Outdoor Winter Dining Are Lavish. But Are They Safe?
New York’s struggling restaurants will try to lure diners with chandeliers and space blankets — and enclosures that health experts worry could increase the virus risk."

I'm also curious if the rules and regulations from the city are clear and easy to follow, and some restaurants are just ignoring them and hoping not to be fined or shut down? Or if the regulations are unclear and hard to follow.

Offline JHHD

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Re: Outdoor seating areas that seem like indoors
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2020, 06:29:44 PM »
I didn't see this addressed in the article, but from what I have read, if the outdoor dining setup is enclosed on more than two sides, it is subject to the same percentage restriction as the indoor dining section.

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Re: Outdoor seating areas that seem like indoors
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2020, 08:28:08 AM »
^yes, it was addressed. I'm disappointed at how many restaurants have completely ignored (or not bothered to use Google to find out) what the restrictions and requirements are for outdoor dining. I'm also disheartened at how many people are willingly cramming themselves in to fully enclosed boxes. It's like everyone has completely forgotten the nightmare we all lived through - and quite a few of us in this community did not survive - in the spring.

I won't be taking my meals at any indoor dining spaces until there's a vaccine and widespread vaccinations.

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The city and state have imposed new rules for winter outdoor dining: A space will be considered indoor dining if more than 50 percent of its wall area is covered and be subject to the 25 percent capacity limit and other restrictions, including spacing tables six feet apart.

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Re: Outdoor seating areas that seem like indoors
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2020, 08:28:08 AM »