NYS Restaurant Seating Guidelines

  • Limit indoor capacity to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy, exclusive of employees
  • Limit outdoor capacity to the number of tables that can be safely and appropriately arranged, such that each table is a minimum of 6 ft. away from another
  • All indoor and outdoor tables with seating for customers must be separated by a minimum of 6 ft. in all directions. Wherever distancing is not feasible between tables, physical barriers must be enacted between such tables. Barriers must be at least 5 ft. in height and not block emergency and/or fire exits
  • Regardless of physical distance, employees must wear an acceptable face covering at all times
  • Patrons must wear face coverings at all times, except while seated; provided that the patron is over the age of 2 and able to medically tolerate such covering
  • Individuals seated at the same table must be members of the same party (but may be from different households), with a maximum of 10 people per table
  • Seating in bar areas and communal tables are only permitted if at least 6 ft. can be maintained between parties
  • Clearly signal 6 ft. spacing in any lines for customers waiting to order, pick-up food, be seated or use the restroom, as well as in any pick-up or payment location