During the COVID-19 pandemic, when restaurant seating capacities were severely limited, many municipalities enacted emergency measures to allow outdoor seating.
The Town of Newburgh, one of those municipalities, may allow that practice to continue throughout the remainder of the year, even as indoor seating restrictions are lifted.
A local law, drafted by the Newburgh Town Council, will extend those emergency provisions for the remainder of this calendar year.
“The Town previously authorized outdoor dining for establishments that had seating outdoors under emergency regulations,” Town Attorney Mark Taylor explained at a recent public hearing. “This local law will extend only to those establishments for this calendar year.”
Mayor stressed that extending the provision will not grant any establishment the authority for permanent outdoor seating.
“They would need planning board approval for that.”
The town is expected to act at its July 12 meeting.