Listen Now: Outdoor Dining
The pandemic has forced us to make many changes and, thanks to popular demand, some are sticking around.
Since being forced to close their doors, many restaurants have kept business going by spilling out on to sidewalks and streets. And in some cities, outdoor dining has been embraced by both business owners and customers.
Now it looks like New York City will make the temporary fix a permanent fixture. The city’s outdoor dining program, introduced in June, allowed more than 10,000 restaurants to offer outdoor dining by setting up in public spaces.
That program was scheduled to end on Halloween, but the Mayor says it’s time for a new tradition. The outdoor program will now allow restaurants to take over public spaces near their location. They will also be able to use propane heaters on sidewalks to keep customers warm and happy.
According to city officials, outdoor dining has saved about 90,000 restaurant jobs. But industry experts say it’s not enough. They say nearly nine out of ten businesses are not able to pay rent.
Hopefully, the winter season will be bountiful.
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