Updated Feb. 8: Big news, diners! Governor Cuomo announced that restaurants will be open for indoor dining at 25% occupancy starting Friday, February 12. It’s the early Valentine’s Day gift we all wanted but weren’t expecting!
He also announced that wedding receptions of up to 150 people will be permitted in New York starting March 15, provided all guests are tested and local health officials approve.
Below you will find list of Staten Island restaurants that are currently open for outdoor dining.
PLEASE CONTACT EACH RESTAURANT DIRECTLY TO CONFIRM OUTDOOR SEATING AND AVAILABILITY. Restaurants may require reservations.
How Restaurants Are Keeping Customers Safe
As with every activity during the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC has released guidelines for restaurants to follow when reopening their dining rooms (or outdoor dining rooms, for now). Keep in mind, these guidelines are meant to supplement (not replace) any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.
- Employees are required to wash hands before, during, and after preparing food.
- Employees are encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues and then wash hands.
- Cloth face coverings are required amongst all staff.
- Adequate hand hygiene supplies must be available, including soap, hand sanitizer (at least 60-percent alcohol) on every table, paper towels, tissues, disinfectant wipes, cloth face coverings, and no-touch or foot pedal trash cans.
- Signs that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs should be posted in highly visible locations (entrances, restrooms).
- Frequently touched surfaces (door handles, cash registers, workstations, sink handles, bathroom stalls) must be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
- Layouts should change to ensure that all parties are at least 6 feet apart.
- Seating capacity must be limited to 50 percent.
- Restaurants should ask customers to wait in cars or away from the restaurant while they wait to be seated.
- Physical barriers should be installed in areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain at least 6 feet apart (kitchens, cash registers, host stands, food pickup areas)
- Physical guides (tape on floors or sidewalks) must be provided to maintain 6 feet distance.
- Employees will be screened daily via telephone or electronically for COVID-19 symptoms.
- Bartenders and customers must maintain proper social distance.
Meant to be followed in conjunction with CDC guidelines, New York State also released guidelines for restaurants to follow during COVID-19 which you can find here.
Yelp business pages now include a coronavirus safety section that includes information on whether a business is enforcing social distancing, sanitizing between customers, or requires masks and temperature checks for customers, according to Business Insider. The section will include a timestamp so customers will know when the information was last updated and will rely on customer feedback for verification.
How You Can Keep Your Family Safe When Eating at Restaurants
Wendy Proskin, M.D., pediatrician at Westmed Medical Center advises families to wear masks when arriving and until they are seated and bring hand sanitizer to use after sitting at the table (just in case the restaurant doesn’t provide). You might be wondering how you can wear masks while eating or drinking at the table. The answer is, as long as the tables are six feet apart (which they should be in order to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York State regulations), you don’t have to worry about wearing a mask while seated at your table. If you’re walking to and from the table or walking to the restroom, definitely put your mask on. At restaurants where it’s possible, ordering ahead is encouraged in order to minimize lingering at the counter.
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