Open Restaurants Program Elicits Accessibility Concerns

October 27, 2021

Disability Justice, News

NYLPI’s Disability Justice Senior Staff Attorney Christopher Schuyler and Disability Justice Intern Caroline Steele submitted a statement to the NYC Department of City Planning and Department of Transportation in response to the Open Restaurants program. The program — which has expanded security for the New York restaurant industry — is seeking input to improve outdoor dining set-ups.

NYLPI’s Disability Justice program has previously expressed concerns over literal barriers the program presents to already-limited sidewalk access.

In the statement, NYLPI notes:

“As the City moves toward a permanent Open Restaurants Program, it must address known accessibility complaints. While businesses benefitting from the Open Restaurants Program must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, in practice these legal requirements are too often overlooked and unenforced.”

Read more about the input process at Gothamist, and read NYLPI’s full statement here.

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