Manhattan Democratic state Sen. Brad Hoylman authored a bill green lighting bars, restaurants and other brewhouses to continue wine, beer and cocktail take-out and deliveries an extra two years after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 emergency powers sunset.
“Let’s raise a glass to New York’s hospitality industry. If we want our favorite bars and restaurants to survive the crisis, we’ve got to help them adapt,” said Hoylman Thursday 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.”
The booze bill would require all wineries, breweries, distilleries and other licensed establishments to sell beverages in a sealed container.
Hearings would also have to be held across the Empire State to get local input, and the state Liquor Authority would be required to report to the governor and Legislature.
The hospitality industry has also led the state’s job losses, with 379,502 total unemployment claims filed between the weeks ending March 14 and May 16.
Last year during the same time period, accommodation and food services tracked 14,809 cumulative claims filed.