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What does Phase 2 actually look like for NYC?

Outdoor dining…

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Jun 23, 2020

If you live in New York City, you’re probably wondering what Phase 2 of re-openings looks like. Well, luckily, we’re here for it. Here’s a comprehensive guide as to what the rules and etiquette are for re-entering society.

We’ve finally reached a point where the infection rate is somewhat steady at 1.5%, so dining and drinking outdoors, in slightly larger groups is quickly becoming a new reality. 

Here is what Phase II looks like:

Restaurants and bars are already starting to get permits to set up outdoor dining tables. The tables will be spaced six feet apart—though this may not happen everywhere, some neighborhood restaurants have already started to implement outdoor spaces for a socially distant set-up, and that also means that sidewalks will be utilized for these purposes. 


Here is what you can do to comply while enjoying some social activities:

We are all individually responsible with how this reopening plays out. There are many ways that you can enjoy life as you knew it while also being vigilant and protective of your community.

  • Wear a mask, please! Even when you are seated, and when you’re not drinking or eating, and especially when you’re talking to waitstaff.
  • Try to maintain a distance of 6 feet from other people at all times, as much as possible.
  • Practice good hygiene: periodically wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. 
  • Try not to forget that we’re still living through a pandemic: don’t let a sense of safety fool you into not practicing proper hygiene and forgetting about your mask. Maybe set a reminder on your phone to continuously make sure you and others around you are protected.
  • This is very important: tip well! Essential workers have put themselves at risk to grant us a sense of normalcy, so try as much as you can to repay the favor and tip your waitstaff generously. 


We have soldiered through one of the toughest parts of the pandemic, but let’s not forget that a vaccine is nowhere in sight. And while we’re all excited to regain a sense of normalcy in our lives, we should all be careful to maintain our standards and not jeopardize ourselves and our communities. Cheers!