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Open Restaurants (Outdoor Dining)
List updated as of July 14, 2020
Apply to be an Open Restaurant
NYC’s Open Restaurant Program is an effort to implement a citywide multi-phase program to expand outdoor seating options for food establishments to promote open space, enhance social distancing, and help them rebound in these difficult economic times.

There are two options for temporary expanded outdoor dining:

  • Open Restaurants – Individual food establishment may apply below and self-certify.
  • Open Streets: Restaurants – Community based organizations, BIDs or groups of three (3) or more restaurants on a single block may join together to apply online for expanded weekend-only outdoor dining on closed streets. More information and locations on the Open Streets: Restaurants program page.

Make sure that your Open Restaurant seating is compliant
The NYC Department of Small Business Services offers no-cost virtual compliance consultations to help you understand how to comply with key City rules and regulations to avoid receiving common violations involving the Open Restaurants program. More Info

Longevity Fund: Small Business Relief Fund
Welcome to Chinatown is launching  The Longevity Fund , a small business relief fund that aims to fundraise $200,000 for the distribution of grants to Manhattan Chinatown’s small businesses. The Fund will distribute $5,000 grants to 40 small businesses to alleviate their overhead costs (rent, labor, insurance, utilities, etc.) with the goal of offering some reassurance and peace of mind to small business owners, allowing them to focus on COVID-19 recovery. More Info

New Guidance for Restaurants    
All restaurants and bars statewide must only serve alcohol to people who are also ordering and eating food, and all service at bar tops must only be for seated patrons who are socially distanced by six feet or separated by physical barriers.  More Info
COVID-19 Residential Rent Relief Program
New York State has a new Rent Relief Program for tenants impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Applications are due by 7/30. Here is what you can do:

  1. Read the New York City Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants explainer at
  2. Call the NYC 311 Tenant Helpline to understand eligibility rules
  3. Apply through New York State Homes & Community Renewal at

COVID Rent Relief Program 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

纽约州现有因#COVID19 危机造成影响的新租房补助项目。申请截止日期为7/30,所以请尽快行动。您可以采取以下事项:

  1. 阅读纽约市长房屋保护办公室的解说:
  2. 拨打311房屋保护求助热线,了解更多申请资格规则
  3. 通过纽约州房屋和社区更新网页:申请

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