Onondaga County clarifies outdoor seating rule for restaurants

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon clarified his comments from his Wednesday briefing on outdoor seating at restaurants during his COVID-19 briefing on Thursday.

McMahon said this is not allowing outdoor service, just guidance to restaurants that already have outdoor seating that patrons may be using when they get takeout.

Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta is working on guidance to give restaurants in order to keep customers safe if they choose to sit outdoors on a restaurant’s property.

McMahon will release an Executive Order with this guidance as well.

Restaurants are not allowed to continue full service until Phase Three under the New York State’s Restart plan.

McMahon said he’s advocating to New York State to reconsider the phase and allow this to happen sooner, but restaurants risk their liquor licenses by resuming full service operation too soon.

You can listen to McMahon’s statements on restaurants in the player below. His full briefing can be found on NewsChannel 9’s Onondaga County COVID-19 page.


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