NYC passes law to keep store doors closed when AC is on

Posted at 10:46 AM, Oct 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-08 10:46:53-04

NEW YORK — A new law requires that New York City stores and restaurants keep their front doors closed when their air conditioning is on.

The bill, which Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law on Wednesday, goes into effect next summer.

The New York Times reports the mayor said leaving doors wide open when air conditioning is blasting is a waste of energy.

Violators face fines of $250 for a first offense and up to $1,000 for an egregious violation.

Outdoor cafes, restaurants with outdoor space and counter-type stores are excluded.

The requirement expands a law passed by the City Council that restricted “the co-mingling of indoor and outdoor air” in large chain stores only.