Governor Announces Outdoor Dining Permitted, Effective June 4th

Coronavirus

City of Utica is offering the option of utilizing public sidewalks

Local restaurants will be allowed to have dine-in customers starting Thursday.

Establishments in the seven regions that have already entered phase two, including the Mohawk Valley and Central New York, will be allowed to serve customers for outdoor dining only.

“Thanks to the people of New York and the nurses, doctors and essential workers, today we have the lowest number of hospitalizations ever and we have the lowest death toll ever,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in Wednesday’s briefing. “We are continuously evaluating activities that can be safely reopened, and today we are adding outdoor seating at restaurants to phase two.”

In an effort to help restaurants increase outdoor seating capacity, the City is offering the option of utilizing public sidewalks as outdoor café areas. There will be no fee for utilizing sidewalks, but an application must be filed with the City. As part of the application, restaurants must have a copy of their certificate of insurance and name the city as additional insured.

The application can be found here. For any questions regarding the application please contact Principal Planner Chris Lawrence at 315-792-0181 or via e-mail, clawrence@cityofutica.com.

Local businesses, including restaurants, can still apply for the City’s Economic Stimulus Loan Program. Currently, 29 local businesses have obtained a loan through this program. If a business meets certain criteria, the loan offered by the City can convert to a grant. More information about the loan program can be found at www.cityofutica.com. For any inquiries regarding the loan program please contact Economic Development Specialist Jack Spaeth at (315) 792-0181 or via e-mail, jspaeth@cityofutica.com.

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