Bars And Restaurants New Rules For Serving Alcohol
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.
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.
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.