Today, the Governor announced that all restaurants and bars must adhere to new requirements involving alcohol. The details remain unclear because a written executive order has not been issued yet, but according to the governor, alcohol will only be able to be served with a food purchase. There may also be restrictions on bar service.
After today's announcement, it appears Governor Cuomo is rolling back the alcohol law that has been in existence since prohibition ended. The lack of clarity and communication of new rules and guidelines are confusing; the industry was not consulted and notified on these upcoming changes. These constant policy changes raise serious legal questions pertaining to due process, and add more difficulties to the operations of thousands of businesses and their employees who are trying to survive during these uncertain and grueling times.
The Alliance will provide more specific information once the executive order is signed and issued.