Food Service Operators

Outdoor Dining Now Allowed

As of Monday, June 22, New York City restaurants can now open for table service in outdoor seating areas.

Before opening for outdoor table service, you must:

You can also get more resources for businesses during COVID-19, and learn about the City’s Open Restaurant Program.

In accordance with Emergency Executive Order #107 (PDF), all NYC Health Department licenses and permits that will expire or require renewal during the State of Emergency are extended for the duration of the emergency. Renewal notices are not being mailed at this time.


Whether you work in a restaurant, soup kitchen or other food service establishment, the Health Department has important information about operating a clean, safe, healthy and legal business. Use the links provided on the left to find the guidance and information you need. To assist operators further, they may request a 3-year inspection history report for their food service establishment.

Business Owner's Bill of Rights

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