Chicago releases plan for reopening restaurants, leaving NYC in the dust – New York Post

New York is getting lapped on restaurant reopenings by a city that can’t even do pizza right.

Chicago has released a 13-page list of guidelines for how its eateries can safely resume on-premises service amid the coronavirus pandemic, while Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio remains short on answers.

The Windy City issued the pointers on Tuesday, according to Eater, painting a picture of what a night out in the city could soon look like.

Tables will be placed at least six feet apart, or have a permanent barrier, such as Plexiglass, installed between them, while parties at one table should be capped at six people, the pamphlet reads.

Patrons must always wear face coverings except, of course, when eating, while employees should cover up in protective gear at all times.

Potential Petri dishes such as self-service food and drink stations will be packed away for the time being.

According to Eater, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said that the city will begin outdoor dining before June 10.

New York City, by contrast, could enter phase one of its reopening as early as June 1, but de Blasio has been stingy with specifics on everything from getting around on public transit to what rules must be followed by those sectors eligible to resume, to the frustration of business owners and lawmakers.

While the first phase does not includes eateries — but rather low-risk industries like construction, manufacturing and curbside pick-up retail — city restaurant and bar owners have still been among those clamoring for guidance.

Hizzoner has teased some likely precautions, which left several city restaurateurs feeling queasy.