There are new guidelines that give bar and restaurant owners more clarity on what can be done amid the Covid-19 pandemic. According to WGRZ. The New York State Liquor Authority sent out additional guidance.

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Last week, customers that wanted to be served alcohol, had to be seated and the drinks had to be served with a meal. This was mandated by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, to help maintain social distance.

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According to WGRZ, the state clarifies, what actually counts as foods that can be served as a meal. A hotdog, bag of chips, or nachos would not count or be enough. The SLA says that a food item does not have to be purchased with each drink, once you have bought a large enough first food order.

Although these new mandates will make it tougher for people to go out and have drinks with friends. I feel that this should be done to help stop the spread of Covid-19. According to WGRZ,  more than 35% of those tested positive for the virus, age range from 20-years-old to 29-years-old. In my opinion, that is the age group of people that does the most drinking.

Businesses all over Buffalo and WNY are struggling, and need to find a way to survive during this crisis, I believe with this new clarification by the New York State Liquor Authority, businesses will find a way to make it work.