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Outdoor dining permitted to reopen in CNY

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Announced today (June 3) by Cortland County Legislative Chairman Paul Heider, beginning tomorrow (June 4) restaurants will be able to provide outdoor dining as part of phase two of reopening.

Central New York is one of several regions permitted to reopen outdoor dining. Also included in this phase are Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes, Western New York, the Mohawk Valley, the Capital Region, and the North Country.

In accordance to reopening outdoor dining, restaurants must space their tables at minimum 6 feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings, and customers must wear face coverings when not seated.

Businesses who will accommodate outdoor seating are urged to complete the required safety plan and file the required affirmation with New York State that confirms they will uphold the guidelines set forth and to operate safely. The safety plans and affirmation can be found at the Cortland County website at

Heider says that “Many of our local eateries and establishments have been looking forward to seeing their customers. Today we take another step in getting Cortland County back open for business and I couldn’t be more pleased.”

He also said to keep moving forward with phased reopening, customers and business owners are reminded of the importance of following the sanitation protocols in place.

Maintaining the current downward trend of COVID cases and minimal hospitalizations helps hit the key benchmarks to continue reopening.

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