Bars and Restaurants can Sell Booze to-go During COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted on: March 17th, 2020 at 5:09 am by

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.

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