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Open Restaurants Roadway Dining Suspended 2.18.21

Feb 18, 2021
Open Restaurants Roadway Dining Suspended 2.18.21

We received the following notice from the NYC Department of Transportation:

Due to the incoming winter storm, Open Restaurants roadway dining is SUSPENDED all day Thursday, February 18, 2021. Sidewalk seating may continue while roadway seating is suspended. At this time, the City is not asking that restaurants remove any roadway barriers or structures.

While DSNY has trained to remove snow on streets with roadway dining structures, restaurateurs must also take steps to protect their property and the public:

  • Remove or secure any tables and chairs in the roadway.
  • Remove all electrical heaters in the roadway.
  • Use snow sticks to increase visibility of roadway dining structures.
  • If possible, remove any overhead coverings, or regularly remove snow from overhead coverings.

As a reminder, property owners, including restaurants with outdoor dining structures, may NOT push snow into the street. This impedes snow clearing operations and is illegal. Snow may be moved against the building, to the curb line, or areas on private property. Sidewalks should be passable for all pedestrians, including a minimum 4-foot clear path, where possible. Do NOT block fire hydrants.

As always, you can sign up to receive all advisories, alerts, and snow-related updates through Notify NYC. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit, or follow  @NotifyNYC on Twitter.