Bars and Restaurants can Sell Booze to-go During COVID-19 Shutdown
Cocktails to-go are now legal in the city, albeit temporarily.
Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that, as part of restrictions placed on nightlife to prevent the spread of COVID-19, licensed establishments are allowed to sell booze to go. He noted that this lifeline is not a permanent change, and is only in effect for the duration of the mandatory closures.
“Whatever you could order [in] the bar or restaurant or distillery or winery you can purchase through takeout,” Cuomo said during the press conference, as reported by Gothamist. “We hope that goes a long way toward alleviating any economic hardship.” He further clarified that the State Liquor Authority will change their rules to allow takeout alcohol sales from bars, wineries, restaurants, and distilleries.
#BREAKING: NY, CT and NJ are taking joint regional action to reduce the spread of #COVID19:— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 16, 2020
Effective 8PM TONIGHT:
-Crowd capacity reduced to 50
-Restaurants/bars will be takeout/delivery ONLY
-Movie theaters closed