Similar to last year, outdoor dining will launch again to allow for a safe, more socially distant option for those eating out. It is available to any and all City of Newburgh dining establishments interested in applying and working with the planning department.
Different measures need to be met, including insurance, for restaurants looking to take advantage of the opportunity.
“When we had it last year there were discussions with some of the businesses of what worked best for them,” said Councilman Anthony Grice. “I’m hoping that is taken into consideration for this time around.”
Additionally, Grice highlighted that only established restaurants are able to apply for outdoor dining, and not areas where “people are congregating there,” but there are no “legitimate businesses in front of them.”
“Whether you’re a restaurant on South Street or a restaurant on Liberty … it’s open to any restaurant or dining establishment with an interest,” said City Manager Joseph Donat.
Donat said there might be different ways each block sees outdoor dining, whether it be actually on the street or with an extended sidewalk. The city’s number one concern is how it relates to safety.
Like last year, city officials will speak in-person with different restaurants to inform them about the opportunity, as well as posting across social media.