Pursuant to the Governor’s order, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8:00PM, all licensed on-premises establishments (e.g. restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs, arenas, catering establishments, etc.) must cease on-premises sales of alcoholic beverages and/or food. Additionally, all licensed manufacturers with on-premises privileges must also cease on-premises sales of alcoholic beverages and/or food; however, a licensed manufacturer may continue all manufacturing operations. This restriction shall continue until April 15, 2020 but may be extended or reduced depending upon the circumstances.
To aid in prevention of the spread of the coronavirus and assist businesses impacted by the current state of emergency, the Governor has ordered the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to promulgate guidance on new off-premises privileges for licensed businesses with on-premises privileges.
Alcoholic beverages sold for off-premises consumption pursuant to this guidance may be sold in any closed and sealed original container of any size. Provided that:
Alcoholic beverages sold for off-premises consumption pursuant to this guidance may be sold for takeout from the licensed premises or may be delivered to the customer’s residence.
Deliveries shall be made in a vehicle permitted by the Authority (e.g., a third-party delivery service), or a vehicle-owned and -operated, or hired and operated by the licensee or its employee. A copy of the permit or license must be present in the vehicle.
Alcoholic beverages sold for off-premises consumption pursuant to this guidance may only be sold during the on-premises hours of operation of the county in which the premises is located or, if different, the hours of operation set forth in the licensee’s method of operation with the Authority.
Any licensed business found to be operating in violation of the Governor’s order restricting on-premises sales of alcoholic beverages shall face a monetary penalty (retail maximum of $10,000/manufacturer maximum of $100,000), and/or suspension, cancellation, or revocation of its license.
Effective March 16th at 8pm, NYS breweries/brewpubs/taprooms must temporarily cease sales of alcohol for on-premise consumption. The sale of beer to-go is permitted. The NYSBA is working with the SLA to temporarily permit curbside pick-up and at-home delivery of alcohol during these dire times. Providing either service is currently ILLEGAL in NYS.
All venues in the state seating 500 people or less will need to reduce capacity by 50 percent — including restaurants, bars, breweries & taprooms. Example: Your taproom’s mass capacity is 150, only 75 people can be on-premise simultaneously.
Events with 500 or more individuals in attendance to be canceled or postponed.
Any Gathering under 500 individuals in attendance will be required to cut capacity by 50 percent.