New York bill would extend alcohol takeout, delivery past pandemic's end

Cocktails are for sale to go at Caffe Dante bar and restaurant in Manhattan as the Coronavirus, COVID19, outbreak continued unabated on March 19, 2020 in New York City.
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New Yorkers will be able to keep ordering wine, beer and cocktails for takeout and delivery post-pandemic if a Manhattan politician’s proposed legislation passes. 

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State Senator Brad Hoylman on Thursday introduced a bill that would allow bars, restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries across New York state to offer wine, beer and cocktails to-go for two years after the COVID-19 crisis ends. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order temporarily easing restrictions on wine, beer and liquor to-go and delivery sales in mid-March.  

“If we want our favorite bars and restaurants to survive the crisis, we’ve got to help them adapt,” Hoylman said in a statement.

“My new legislation will allow bars and restaurants to provide beer, wine and cocktails for take-out and delivery for two years after the crisis ends, giving these establishments a much-needed lifeline while New York slowly returns to normal,” he added. 

Community boards and local governments would oversee businesses in their jurisdictions to ensure they were operating safely, the press release says. 

Restaurants and other establishments would still have to sell beverages in sealed containers, and customers would still have to purchase food along with the alcoholic beverages, it adds. 

Beverages would continue to be sold in sealed containers, and customers would have to buy food as well, it notes. 

The State Liquor Authority would be able to hold hearings if residents had complaints about any given business, and could ultimately suspend or revoke its to-go privileges if needed.

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