Bars and restaurants will once again be allowed to sell alcohol to go along with their food in New York State.

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During the COVID-19 shutdown, bars and restaurants were allowed to sell alcoholic beverages to customers that were 21 and over to help ease the loss of revenue. That mandate ended this past June when emergency powers to the Governor were rescinded, but now it has returned.

As part of her first-ever State of the State address, New York Governor Kathy Houcel announced that the state will bring back Alcohol to go for the state as another round of COVID-19 impacts the state.

During her address, she said the state has several plans to help local restaurants and bars recover from the loss of revenue during COVID-19.

"To help offset these costs, we will provide a tax credit for COVID-related purchases, like outdoor heaters and seating. And we're also going to do something bars and restaurants have been asking for: to once again allow the sale of to-go drinks - a critical revenue stream during the lean times last year."

 

There have been calls from several Restaurant associations to make the Alcohol To Go a permanent law in New York State. They say that the amount of revenue generated during COVID-19 proves there is a need for the service and would be a boost for local businesses.

Now that the Governor has approved the new rule, it now heads to the state Senate and the Assembly, which returned for their six-month sessions Thursday for a vote.

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