Majority in New York City wants COVID-era tenure to continue
People have spoken. Not all state orders during the COVID pandemic have been unpopular or restrictive. In fact, a new survey shows that the majority of New Yorkers want a particular service to continue indefinitely. This service has helped many businesses across the state stay afloat during one of the worst economic downturns in more than a decade. But, the NY Post says if the decision is not extended again on June 5, it will expire.
Takeout and takeout alcohol has been a lifeline for many bars and restaurants over the past year, and it seems the vast majority of New Yorkers agree, the Post reports that 78% of the 700 New Yorkers surveyed want to maintain the rule. Now, if you break it down by region, the survey shows that a slightly lower number of the upstate population want them to stay. The Post says 72% or “upstate” want takeout alcohol to stay legal. Sure, there’s some debate about what constitutes upstate (or maybe, if you’ve broken down the numbers further into more specific areas of New York state), but that’s a another discussion for another time.
The restaurant industry needs stability more than ever, and by making “take out alcohol” permanent, we can encourage a strong recovery. It is popular with operators and customers.
According to Distilled Spirits Council, thirteen other states (and Washington DC) have already passed bills to make the ruling permanent. Last year, New York Senator Brad Holyman introduced legislation that would allow state take-out laws to continue for two more years. Other lawmakers have proposed slightly different measures. Brooklyn Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz has pushed for all takeout and takeout liquor to be sold with a meal, as well as service limits for offsite alcoholic beverages.
Every 30 days, the New York State Liquor Authority must decide whether or not to extend the decision. As mentioned, we have until June 5 for the state to make its decision or else takeout and alcohol delivery will end.