Outdoor Dining is Open in Putnam County

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that restaurants throughout the county will be able to offer outside dining and drinking as of Tuesday, June 9.
After hearing from county executives throughout the Mid-Hudson region, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday moved up the outside dining component to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan instead of Phase 3. Putnam County and the six other counties in the Mid-Hudson Region are expected to enter Phase 2 on Tuesday.
“Our restaurants have sacrificed a lot to keep our communities healthy, and we wanted to help them get back to business as soon as it was safely possible,” County Executive Odell said. “Restaurants are not only essential to our economy, they are the lifeblood of our communities. Dining out won’t necessarily be the same as it was pre-Covid-19, but I guarantee that customers will be thrilled to be able to sit outside together on a summer’s evening and share a meal.”
Outdoor tables must be placed six feet apart, all staff must wear masks and customers must wear masks when not seated.
Local town and village leaders are working with the county on plans that would allow restaurants to take advantage of this option and offer more outside dining.