UPDATED 8:09 AM PT – Thursday, January 6, 2022
Governor Kathy Hochul of New York announced she will reinstate an initiative to allow bars and restaurants sell alcoholic beverages for takeout. She made the announcement Wednesday during her first state of the state address.
Selling drinks on the go was a popular alternative for bars and restaurants last year as indoor dining venues were forced to close. However, bars and restaurants were no longer allowed to sell alcohol for off-site consumption after a COVID-19 emergency order expired back in June.
“We’re also going to do something our 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,” the governor announced. “So, cheers New York.”
Hochul also spoke about helping bars and restaurants pay for any COVID-19 related purchases by providing a tax credit.