Indoor Dining Approved for September 30th

Indoor Dining Approved for September 30th

Mayor De Blasio has released a statement advising that indoor dining will be permitted starting September 30th.

Finally, with the entire industry and supporters of small business advocating for this, New York City’s small business is on an equal footing with the rest of New York State.

We congratulate all who worked hard to begin the comeback of Astoria’s famed restaurants, clubs, and cafes.

However, everyone must act responsibly!!! This can be taken from us as easily as it was in March! And no one wants to be the cause of an extended pandemic.


Press Release

NEW YORK, NY 10007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2020
MEDIA CONTACT:, (212) 788-2958
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today released the following statement on the return of indoor dining:

“We are continuing New York City’s economic recovery by bringing back indoor dining. Working with the state and public health officials, we’ve achieved a plan that puts health and safety first by including strict capacity limits, a close monitoring of citywide positive testing rates and a coordinated inspection regimen. Science will guide our decision-making as we continue to monitor progress and health care indicators over the next three weeks to ensure a safe reopening. This may not look like the indoor dining that we all know and love, but it is progress for restaurant workers and all New Yorkers.”

Restaurants will be allowed to reopen on September 30th. They will be subject to rigorous inspection protocols and strict occupancy limits. Some requirements for restaurants include:

  • Serve customers at a maximum of 25% capacity
  • Conduct temperature checks at every front door
  • Collect Test & Trace data from at least one customer at each table
  • Close bar tops for seating
  • Offer COVID-19 protections like PPE for employees
  • Space tables six feet apart

If New York City hits 2% in COVID-19 positivity rates, the City will immediately reassess.

Open Restaurants, New York City’s outdoor dining program, has already given the restaurant industry a lifeline; more than 10,000 restaurants are participating, and the program has saved an estimated 90,000 jobs.


Photo: Shawn Ang


Mr. Khuzami has been a member of Community Board 1 in Astoria, NY for the last 20 years. He sits on the Zoning and parks Committees and is on the Executive Board. Previously, he served as Parks and Culture chair of Community Board 1 for eleven years and also chaired Capital and Expense priority Committee. He is a member of the Queens General Assembly and had been a panelist for grant submissions for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). Richard also is an officer of The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) and President of OANA.