NYC Indoor Dining Postponed – Rest of State Continues to Reopen – Focus on Compliance

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio made it official this morning, announcing that indoor dining in New York City will not be allowed as of Monday, July 6th, as was planned. Flagrant non-compliance with physical distancing & face covering rules along with mass gatherings around bars throughout the five boros have raised concerns about a…
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Senator Schumer Continues to Fight for Small Business

Senator Chuck Schumer continues to work to help small businesses get through this crisis. Last night he successfully pushed the US Senate to vote to extend the Paycheck Protection Program…read on:  
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Liquor stores fed up with coronavirus booze-to-go rules for restaurants

A bar brawl is brewing over the to-go cocktail. Since kicking off in March, the Empire State’s coronavirus rule allowing bars and restaurants to sell booze on the go has tested the liquor retailer’s nerves, especially given the multiple 30-day extensions it’s been granted by Gov. Cuomo. Now, two state legislators are calling for the to-go…
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Tabling the plans: Hold off on indoor dining (NY Daily News Editorial)

There’s a lot we don’t know about the coronavirus, but the science is clear on this: Masks prevent people from catching and spreading the bug. Until there’s a vaccine, everyone should don one when near anyone they don’t live with, especially indoors. Masks have been mandatory in New York since April 17, helping cut the…
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NJ Gov. Murphy ‘indefinitely’ postpones the reopening of indoor restaurant dining

New Jersey is “indefinitely” postponing the reopening of its restaurants for indoor dining, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday, citing coronavirus spikes in other parts of the country. read on…
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Possible delay to indoor dining tough for NYC owners to stomach

Some Big Apple eatery owners said Monday that delaying the reopening of indoor dining would be devastating to their already ailing bottom lines. read on…  
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New York City Begins Phase 2 – New Outdoor Dining Rules Announced

As New York City enters Phase 2 of its reopening, the restaurant industry is starting back up. Nearly 3,200 restaurants qualified and are reopening for outdoor dining under the NYC Open Restaurants program. In addition, the NYC Department of Health released guidelines on dining out safely. It’s noted in the document that restaurants will screen…
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Problems with Reopening in Other States, Hopes to Avoid Another Shutdown Drive NYS Enforcement Plan

Reports of COVID-19 outbreaks out of control in more than 20 states around the country that may have reopened too soon or without appropriate precautions have caused concern with State health officials. It’s clear New Yorkers are as anxious to get back to normal life as folks in every other state. The warm weather has…
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A Letter to Licensees from SLA Chairman, Vincent Bradley

June 18, 2020 I am writing to thank all of the businesses throughout the state that are working diligently to comply with the often changing law during these difficult times. I am writing as well as a continued reminder to all on-premises retailers of their obligation to strictly adhere to New York’s reopening guidelines and…
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Open Restaurants: As New York City Prepares for Phase 2 of Reopening

Mayor de Blasio Announces Outdoor Dining Guidance for Restaurants Qualifying restaurants can use sidewalk, roadways and other outdoor space to allow for social distance among customers; Mayoral Executive Order creates a new and streamlined application process to allow restaurants to expand capacity outdoors Read more…
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Reopening Put At Risk By Violations of Rules for Social Distancing & Face Coverings

Governor Cuomo spent a significant part of his daily press briefing on Sunday expressing deep concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19 as reports of non-compliance with the rules for social distancing and face coverings were widespread throughout the state. According to the Governor, the State has received 25,000 complaints about businesses not following the…
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Updated Guidance Allows Live Music

The State Liquor Authority’s updated FAQs no longer prohibits live music in outdoor areas of licensed premises. According to our discussion with the SLA “Our direction is that live music is permissible so long as allowed specifically by the license and all other guidance is followed.” In order to have live music under this guidance,…
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