Boozing on the Sidewalks of Hell Square with No Social Distancing
Posted on: May 13th, 2020 at 5:00 am by Elie
It’s now a common sight.
Drinking in groups on the streets – in daylight – is apparently the trend in Hell Square. So much for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ludlow Street, near Stanton, in particular. A concerned neighbor on the block notes that businesses such as No Fun and El Sombrero are serving drinks-to-go, as permitted by state mandate. However, there is frequent congregating, often without face protection; it goes unchecked until the cops are forced to break up the crowd.
“People are clustering in small groups, [usually] outside Ludlow Coffee Supply, and the benches in front of the shuttered Van Leeuwen ice cream shop and Real NY real estate office,” the tipster tells us.
“It makes it more dangerous for the actual residents on this block.”
In mid-March, at the outset of the coronavirus lockdown, the State Liquor Authority ruled it legal for licensed establishments to serve wine and liquor to-go. But with the caveat that the booze is sold with food. The intention was to assist bars suffering through the pandemic, and allow customers to bring home booze from their favorite haunts.
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