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NY establishments can now only serve alcohol with food

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Bars and restaurants across New York can now only serve alcohol to customers who also order and eat food in-house, according to the latest restrictions by Gov. Cuomo and state DOH.

Additionally, service at bar tops is only allowed for seated patrons who are socially distanced by at least six feet or separated by physical barriers.

Under current law, only establishments that serve food are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages.

“As we continue our science-based phased reopening, the number of hospitalizations and our rate of positive tests remain steady and low,” Governor Cuomo said. “But we need to remember our success fighting this virus is a function of our own actions. Mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing – basic as they may seem – are critical to controlling the spread of this virus. Especially now that we are seeing spikes in cases throughout the country, this is not the time to let up – especially on compliance enforcement. We know the prescription and we know it works – we just need to be smart and do it.”

Citizens who see violations or are concerned can report complaints, including photos, to the State Liquor Authority at www.sla.ny.gov.


The Governor also announced that travel form compliance went up to 92 percent after the state announced fines for failure to complete the form.

Earlier this week, the Governor announced out-of-state travelers from the 22 designated states with the highest infection rates must provide local authorities with contact information upon entering New York.

States that don’t supply that information could face a fine of up to $2,000.

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