The New York restaurant industry continues to pressure lawmakers to permanently expand take-out alcohol provisions in the state, which has proven to be a lifeline for many establishments in difficulty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New York Restaurant Association is set to release a new survey on Monday that found that 78% of New Yorkers support the permanent extension allowing customers to purchase alcoholic beverages with take-out or delivery orders, with similar majorities supporting the movement across the state.
âThroughout the COVID-19 pandemic, struggling restaurants have been able to increase their sales and keep the doors open thanks to the ability to sell alcoholic beverages with their orders,â said Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association. relief that was once needed at the height of the pandemic is still needed today. The restaurant industry needs stability more than ever, and by making âtake out alcoholâ permanent, we can encourage a strong recovery. It is popular with operators and customers. The numbers don’t lie.
Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the take-out alcohol provisions by executive order until June 5 after lawmakers failed to return the measure to the state budget last month. The restaurant owners’ association survey revealed that among those who bought an alcoholic drink to take away, 96% support the permanent extension.
The restaurant industry struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the industry shedding thousands of jobs. Last week, New York City decided to ease pandemic restrictions on businesses and public gathering spaces as part of a wider reopening.
Restaurants said making the extension permanent would go hand in hand with the overall push to reopen businesses.
“The vast majority of New Yorkers agree that keeping alcohol on the go is a no-brainer,” said Scott Wexler, executive director of the Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association.. âEveryone knows restaurants struggled during the pandemic, but most of all, we stood up and helped our communities as essential businesses and workers. Now, as we work to bring back the business we lost, it makes sense to keep the alcohol on the go that allows our customers to enjoy the restaurant experience at home until they are. feel comfortable, our employees get extra tips, and restaurant owners need all available sources of income to recover.