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NY bars, restaurants could continue offering alcohol for take-out, delivery under proposed law

Posted at 8:00 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 20:00:06-04

NEW YORK — Cheers!

Bars and restaurants in New York would be allowed to continue offering alcohol as take-out or delivery under newly proposed legislation.

In March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the New York State Liquor Authority was changing its rules to minimize the economic impact of coronavirus closure orders. Sen. Brad Hoylman wants the state to take a shot at making the new rules more long term.

"Let's raise a glass to New York's hospitality industry," Hoylman said. "If we want our favorite bars and restaurants to survive the crisis, we've got to help them adapt.

Holyman's proposal would allow alcohol take-out and delivery for two years after the coronavirus crisis ends in New York.

"Iconic bars and restaurants — from Gem Spa in the East Village to Coogan’s in Washington Heights — have permanently closed," he said. "Alcohol delivery and take-out could be a much-needed lifeline for these small businesses."