Recent and Upcoming Changes to Guidance

Recent and Upcoming Changes to Guidance

Recent and Upcoming Changes to Guidance

 As of April 29, the requirement that bars and restaurants serve an item of food with purchase of the first on premises alcoholic beverage is no longer in place. 

 

This means that patrons can consume alcoholic beverages on premises without ever purchasing food.

 

This does not change the requirement that an item of food be purchased with any to-go sale of alcoholic beverages at an on-premises retailer.

 

As of May 3, seating at bars and counters (as opposed to tables) in NYC may resume.

 

As of May 7, NYC will go to 75% capacity indoors – the same as the Long Island and the rest of the state.

 

As of May 17, the 12 midnight closing time for outdoor dining areas will be removed.

 

This means that outdoor areas must close at the earlier of any stipulated closing time on the business’ license or the county on premises closing time.

 

As of May 31, the 12 midnight closing time for indoor dining areas will be removed.

 

This means that indoor areas must close at the earlier of any stipulated closing time on the business’ license or the county on premises closing time.