New York extends popular to-go booze rule for another month

The New York state Capitol. Tribune News Service

ALBANY — Bottoms up! New York officials have extended the state’s popular pandemic-era to-go booze rules, allowing bars and restaurants to sell takeout cocktails until at least next month.

Guidance on the State Liquor Authority website says eateries can continue to offer alcoholic drinks in sealed containers to customers purchasing delivery or to-go food orders through May 6.

“These privileges shall continue until May 6, 2021, but could be extended or reduced depending on circumstances,” the site reads.

The move comes as groups such as the New York Restaurant Association have mounted calls for an extension and lawmakers push legislation that would allow establishments to offer take-home adult beverages for another two years.

Struggling restaurants have had to rely predominantly on takeout orders for much of the COVID crisis as Gov. Cuomo instituted strict rules regarding indoor dining to combat the spread of the deadly virus.

Indoor dining reopened in the city in February and Cuomo has slowly upped seating capacity in recent months.

The governor has extended the to-go booze rule on a monthly basis since early on in the pandemic.

A survey conducted by the state Restaurant Association last year found that 86% of New Yorkers believe alcohol takeout and delivery should be permanent.

A total of 64% responded that they had purchased takeout or delivery during the week prior, with about half saying an alcoholic beverage was part of at least one order.

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