Lawmaker introduces bill giving bars, restaurants ability to keep serving take-out alcohol

A bill introduced by a state lawmaker would allow ‘take out’ drinks to continue moving forward.

Sen. Brad Hoylman proposed allowing restaurants and bars to keep offering wine, beer, and cocktails for take-out and delivery two years after the emergency declaration ends.

Bars and restaurants have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is viewed as a way to potentially help that industry.

“Let’s raise a glass to New York’s hospitality industry,” Hoylman said. “If we want our favorite bars and restaurants to survive the crisis, we’ve got to help them adapt. 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. L’Chaim!”

The bill would require safeguards like requiring beverages to be sold in closed, or sealed containers. The purchases must comply with open container laws.

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