City Hall is on observe to kill one of many few silver linings of the pandemic: outdoor dining. It banned the usage of most outdoor heaters in May; if it doesn’t permit them, most restaurateurs haven’t any sensible different.
Hundreds of struggling eating places relied on propane-fueled heaters to entice outdoor clients till May, when Team de Blasio out of the blue nixed them with no discover or superior warning. It was a moot problem for months — however with chilly season looming at the same time as many don’t really feel protected dining inside, it’s now a dire query.
Other alternate options are both too impractical (electrical heaters) or costly (hooking up to a everlasting natural-gas line). And no different main metropolis prohibits propane-fueled heaters. This is only a silly precaution when no issues of safety have emerged, and propane even entails 43 % much less greenhouse-gas emissions than electrical energy.
Jason Birchard of East Village eatery Veselka, with restricted indoor seating, says a propane ban will slam his enterprise once more because the climate cools: “With all that we’ve had to deal with” since COVID hit, “it seems like the city wants to make life more difficult for me.”
Don’t hit eating places and diners once more: Reverse the ban.