ALBANY — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered bars and restaurants across the state to not sell alcohol to patrons who are not ordering food.
“All restaurants and bars statewide will be subject to new requirements that they must only serve alcohol to people who are ordering and eating food and that all service at bar tops must only be for seated patrons who are socially distanced by six feet or separated by physical barriers,” Cuomo said in a press release.
Under current law, only establishments that serve food are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages.
The order Cuomo issued states: “For each patron in a seated party, an item of food must be purchased at the same time as the purchase of the initial alcoholic beverage(s). However, one or more shareable food item(s) may be purchased, so long as it/they would sufficiently serve the number of people in the party.”