ALBANY — The New York State Senate Republican Conference has introduced a resolution to rescind the mandate prohibiting bars and restaurants from serving alcoholic beverages to patrons who do not order food.
The Executive Order was put into effect last July. It required any establishment licensed by the State Liquor Authority could only serve alcoholic beverages if accompanied by the purchase of a food item by each individual being served an alcoholic beverage.
The change was announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with no guidance in place, and caused mass confusion within the bar and restaurant industry, the GOP officials said.
“While we all recognized the need to make adjustments to help contain the spread of the virus in the midst of the pandemic, this order was completely arbitrary, with absolutely no scientific data to back it up. Our bars and restaurants continue to struggle under burdensome mandates passed on by the governor, and lifting this one is a no-brainer that would immediately help these businesses get back on their feet,” said Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawaanda, in a news release.
“As we mark a year into the pandemic, the cumulative economic toll on our restaurants, hospitality businesses and their hardworking employees keeps growing,” said Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay. “Burdened by the governor’s overly restrictive and arbitrary mandates, New York’s industry is in worse shape than its peers in other states and, every day, we see more of these small businesses forced to close their doors. While the governor is consumed with defending himself against a series of unfolding scandals, we need to be laser focused on doing everything in our power to help our struggling hospitality sector and the New Yorkers it employs by rescinding senseless directives like this one that accomplish nothing other than causing further economic harm.”
“Restaurants have been one of the businesses hit especially hard by pandemic-related restrictions, many of which are arbitrary and not based on science,” said State Sen. Patrick Gallivan. “The requirement for customers to purchase food when ordering alcoholic beverages is just one example. As we move to safely reopen our economy, we must continue to ease restrictions and eliminate unnecessary burdens on businesses and consumers.”