NEW YORK (Reuters) – For many New Yorkers, one of many solely good issues to return out of the coronavirus pandemic is a brief rest of some state rules, permitting folks to purchase to-go wine and cocktails or get them delivered.
FILE PHOTO: People attempt to keep social distance as they take pleasure in a heat afternoon in the course of the outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) at Domino Park in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., May 16, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo
With bars and eating places closed for desk service to manage the unfold of the virus in a lot of the United States, the change has been such a success that one New York state senator desires to increase it for a minimum of two years beyond the lifting of the lockdown.
Senator Brad Hoylman, a Democrat who represents components of decrease and midtown Manhattan, launched the laws this week as a strategy to assist the struggling hospitality business.
“It would really extend a very important lifeline to these restaurants and bars that were on the margin even before the pandemic,” Hoylman informed Reuters on Friday.
In March, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo quickly loosened State Liquor Authority rules for companies licensed to promote alcohol, permitting them to promote drinks to go as lengthy they’re in sealed containers and accompanied by meals.
Unlike many international locations in Europe and the remainder of the world, most U.S. states have so-called “open-container” legal guidelines that prohibit the general public consumption of alcohol.
Last weekend, tons of of New Yorkers with drinks in hand had been seen gathered exterior bars in Manhattan and elsewhere. The impromptu events led Mayor Bill de Blasio to threaten a crackdown if social-distancing guidelines are usually not noticed.
Outside Pilar Cuban Eatery in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, a number of clients have been lining up 6 ft aside on latest evenings to order to-go spicy margaritas, sangria or mojitos.
“I think the alcohol right now is saving us,” proprietor Ricardo Barreras informed Reuters on Friday.
Barreras, 49, mentioned he welcomed Hoylman’s proposed laws, given the uncertainty dealing with his enterprise as New York City strikes nearer to a partial reopening in June.
“It would be an amazing thing,” he mentioned.
Reporting by Maria Caspani, Editing by Aurora Ellis