Restaurants in the area affected by the July 19 steam main explosion (PDF) should remain closed until the City clears their building for re-occupancy.
When a building is cleared for reoccupancy, any restaurant located in that building may reopen. The Health Department will not require a food safety inspection before a reopening.
Once you regain access to your restaurant, if you see debris, visit the reception center at 10 East 15th Street in Manhattan. Representatives from Con Edison, the Health Department and the Department of Environmental Protection are on-site from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can also call (212) 358-4565. Do not disturb, sweep or vacuum the debris.
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.