Under the new program:
- Businesses can utilize the sidewalk directly in front of their storefront.
- Businesses on existing Open Streets: Restaurants can use curb lane directly in front of store.
- Businesses on the same street block can join together and apply for an Open Street.
One rule, there must be an 8-foot path for pedestrians to safely walk by.
For information on how to apply, visit nyc.gov/openstorefronts.
The mayor signed the executive order during his morning press conference on Wednesday. He said that it was important for him to get this initiative started ahead of the holidays.
"It's a crucial time for every small business," de Blasio said. "We can all make a difference by buying local."
The program runs through December 31, 2020.
RELATED: How restaurants will keep outdoor diners in NYC warm this winter
MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGE
How coronavirus changed the New York region
Do you have coronavirus symptoms?
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut out-of-state travelers quarantine list
COVID-19 Help, Information. Stimulus and Business Updates
New York City
Westchester and Hudson Valley
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus
Submit a News Tip