New NYC Law: Keep the Door Shut When AC Is On

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

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

The bill, which Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law on Wednesday, goes into effect next summer. The mayor said that leaving doors wide open when air conditioning is blasting is a waste of energy.

“I know I’m not the only one who has walked past open doors to feel a blast of cold air pouring out,” de Blasio said before signing the bill. “We don’t need to be cooling our sidewalks.”

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.