NYS Expands NYC Indoor Dining to 50 Percent

Governor Cuomo announced that indoor dining will be allowed to increase capacity to 50% of total occupancy effective March 19. The rules will still require six feet of physical distancing or a physical barrier. We continue to push for the same rules for New York City as the rest of the state, lifting of the…
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State Allows Catering & Some Recreational Activities – SLA Posts New FAQs

The New York State Liquor Authority has updated their indoor dining FAQs to reflect the changes announced by the Governor allowing games and catering. You can find the updated guidance here   New York State’s efforts reopening businesses has continued over the past few weeks with announcements that catering events exceeding the 50 person gathering…
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NYS to expand capacity for indoor dining outside of NYC to 75% as of March 19

Governor Cuomo announced today that effective March 19th indoor dining capacity will expand from 50% to 75 percent. No change in NYC dining was announced (still at 35 percent).
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Senate Passes Covid Relief Bill – $26.8B Grant Fund for Restaurants

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer successfully navigated President Biden’s Covid Relief Bill through the United States Senate. The bill provides direct payments of up to $1,400 for hundreds of millions of Americans, jobless aid of $300 a week to last through the summer, money for distributing coronavirus vaccines and relief for states, cities, schools…
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NYS Entertainment Venues Can Re-Open Next Month – What It Means

Governor Cuomo announced that event, arts, and entertainments venues with a capacity of less than 10,000 may begin reopening with testing and capacity limitations on April 2nd. Capacity for these venues will be capped at 33%, with up to 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors. These capacity limits can be increased to 150 people…
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Federal Grants Included in New COVID Relief Bill

Our long battle to get federal grants for restaurants, taverns, and bars is close at hand. The House of Representatives passed the COVID Relief Bill last week which included a $25 billion program to provide grants to independent hospitality industry businesses. If passed by the Senate, the Small Business Administration will administer a program to…
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Guidance Released for Catered Events

The State has released guidance for in-person and catered events larger than 50 persons, such as wedding receptions, celebrations, and similar private venue events, such as meetings and conferences, which are permitted as of March 15, 2021. Some of the key provisions are: Occupancy must be limited to the lesser of: 50% for a particular…
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DOH Guidance Allows Darts, Pool, and Other Games with Strict Rules – Updated

While we’re waiting for the State Liquor Authority to post their guidance and update their Frequently Asked Questions, here are the Health Department’s Detailed Guidelines for Sports and Recreation which covers these activities: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/SportsAndRecreationMasterGuidance.pdf. The new language in the guidance, on pages 8-9, explain the rules for these activities: For bowling centers and alleys –…
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Billiard Halls Gets Okay to Open March 5 – Waiting for Answers on What This Means for Taverns

Yesterday the Governor announced that pool and billiard halls can open March 5. He said they would have strict protocols. We have asked the SLA and Governor’s Office what this means. That discussion is underway, including whether anything else will be allowed. We will provide a further update when we have more information.
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Governor Announces Restaurant & Bar Closing Times to be Extended to 11 PM Beginning Sunday, February 14

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that given the continued decline in hospitalization and infection rates throughout New York, closing times for restaurants and bars will be extended from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. statewide beginning Sunday, February 14. “Our decisions are based on science and data and we adjust as the virus adjusts. The…
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Governor Announces NYC Indoor Dining Can Reopen on February 12

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that New York City indoor dining can reopen at 25 percent capacity on February 12. The reopening was previously scheduled for Valentine’s Day, but restaurants requested an earlier reopening date to allow staff to prepare and the request has been granted
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Judge temporarily lifts 10 p.m. curfew for bars, restaurants that sued New York State

Judge temporarily lifts 10 p.m. curfew for bars, restaurants that sued New York State This decision only effects those bars and restaurants involved in the lawsuit at this point. Check back for updates.
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