Outdoor Dining Curfew Lifted in New York, Including in NYC


Monday marked a new milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily for local business owners ready to keep their doors open a bit longer than they have for the past year.

For restaurants and bars across the state, including in New York City, the midnight curfew for outdoor dining areas at restaurants and bars is lifted — meaning last call is no longer required at 11:30 p.m.

“There’s light at the end of tunnel,” said Ryan O’Neill who runs Iggy’s Bar and Restaurant on Manhattan’s upper east side. “12 p.m. – 4 a.m. is when we are busiest, especially Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The curfew took bulk of our business away.”

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