Don’t try telling New Yorkers, “It’s just a phase.”
The much-awaited phase two of the city’s reopening thankfully went into effect on Monday. Locals cooped up for the past three months finally can now sit down and be served a bite to eat — outside only, though.
And there are some regulations to be followed.
For starters, tables must be 6 feet apart. Customers must keep their face masks on until seated, then can take them off. Waitstaff, though, must keep their masks on all the time.
Unlike the takeout alcohol rule, you don’t have to order food if you just want to sit down at a table and have an alcoholic beverage.
You are allowed to go inside a restaurant, but only for things like using the restroom and paying.
It seemed, however, that phase two got off to a bit of a slow start, in terms of eateries. Crowds did not appear to be going gangbusters for the new sidewalk seating, at least not at first.
Barbershops also were allowed back open on Monday, while retail stores can now allow customers inside, though in a controlled manner.