NYC Nightlife Lobby Seeks Overthrow of Cuomo Phase 2 Executive Order

Posted on: June 22nd, 2020 at 5:02 am by

Photo: EV Grieve

Governor Cuomo last week signed an executive order that updates operating guidelines for food and beverage establishments as the city claws back to life today with Phase 2. But the nightlife industry is already pushing back.

The statewide mandate essentially makes liquor licensed establishments responsible for ensuring compliance with open container, social distancing, and face mask rules within 100 feet from their premise. Violations could result in having a license suspended or revoked, with fines up to $10,000 per violation. And patrons themselves can also be fined.

It seems apparent that they don’t want what happened on St. Mark’s Place last week to be the new normal.

No sooner was the order announced than the nightlife lobby – the NYC Hospitality Alliance – hit send on a mailer warning its member bars and restaurants. Stating its intentions to “have this policy modified in a sensible way.”

“This EO poses a significant threat to our small businesses, jobs, recovery and public safety,” the statement reads. “We are committed to working with the Governor’s administration to ensure liquor license establishments are responsible for controlling their own premises, but this EO is counterproductive and harmful.”

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