NYSRA Update: COVID-19 Outbreak | March 24, 2020

  • We continued to work with the NYS Tax and Finance Department on the issue of monthly versus quarterly sales tax payments as first reported last night.
  • A separate email on new announcements from the NY State Liquor Authority was sent out this afternoon. Read email HERE.
  • The State Liquor Authority announced that all disciplinary and licensing hearings scheduled from now until April 30th have been postponed. A representative from Counsel’s Office will follow up with licensees and attorneys later to reschedule disciplinary hearings.  
  • Budget Director Robert Mujica stated today that they believe the State could incur a budget hit from the ongoing crisis of as much as $15 billion.
  • We received additional Interim Guidance from NYS Agriculture & Markets Department last night.
  • Interim Guidance for Restaurants v.3 HERE.
  • Interim Guidance for Temporary Seafood (Fish & Shellfish) Processing and/or Retail Sale HERE.
  • NYSRA received an interim guidance document allowing restaurants, for a period of two weeks, using the guidance outlined herein, to operate as retail food stores without needing to apply for a retail food store license.

  • A federal relief package known as Covid Phase III is continuing to be negotiated by Congressional Leaders. Developments are happening rapidly, and it is not yet clear when the final vote may be taken. The National Restaurant Association is working tirelessly to ensure the restaurant industry is included in the economic relief being proposed and updating us daily. As soon as we have additional details, we will share them with you.
  • Jackson Lewis prepared a document explaining New York’s new Quarantine Leave Law for the National Restaurant Association: https://www.jacksonlewis.com/publication/new-york-s-new-quarantine-leave-law
  • The National Association is compiling data on the economic impact of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry to better help us all quantify it. Please help us in our fight to save restaurants during this difficult time by filling out the survey.