Local restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining on Thursday

WWNY Local restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining on Thursday

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - North country restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining beginning Thursday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday.

Outdoor tables must be spaced 6 feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated, he said.

At the Blue Heron in Chaumont, the restaurant has been offering takeout meals only. Owner Cari Greene said Wednesday the news about outdoor dining is a good start.

“If I socially distance my tables 6 feet apart, I will be able to seat 9 out of 13 tables and I feel like we can do this responsibly. I’ve been in the business in one form or another for 34 years. I can do this responsibly, I can do it safe,” she said.

Greene said she will open those tables Thursday, but is concerned about a lack of guidance.

"I want to do this right and do it right the first time. What about menus? What about sanitizing the outdoor tables? So there are questions moving forward before opening tomorrow. I'm very excited," she said.

Greene is excited for her fellow restaurants and all the employees too, pointing out this is a seasonal business and the season needs to begin.

Outdoor dining at restaurants is allowed in the 7 regions which have already entered Phase 2 of the state’s reopening of the economy- the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York.

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