Dear Friends,

This is an unprecedented moment that we are living through and it is difficult, challenging, and uncertain. We will pull through by staying united and supportive of each other. 

As you may know, the State Liquor Authority announced this morning that all licensed manufacturers with on-premises privileges must also cease on-premises sales (i.e., sales by the glass) of alcoholic beverages and/or food. It went into effect as of 8:00 PM on Monday, March 16. The full SLA guidance is available below.  Please feel free to send me any clarifying questions you may have on the guidance and I will work with the SLA on answers.

The NYWGF team is working hard to keep you updated as the situation unfolds.

  • Our staff will be working to collect relevant resources to help your business best respond to the crisis, we will provide the community with a dedicated page on our website, to be updated regularly.
  • Our staff is planning to create an online forum to catalog industry best practices during this time. This will also be a place where industry members can communicate and share ideas. At the bottom of this email you will find links to resources and best practices. 
  • We continue to work with our partners in New York State Government to get up-to-date information on state regulatory changes and available resources.

Out of an abundance of caution and to promote social distancing, our office is suspending in-person member services and in-state travel. We will continue to provide our full range of member services by phone (315-924-3700) and email ( ), Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The majority of our NYWGF team will be working remotely and is available and ready to help you with any issue, question, or concern.