NYSLA lifts COVID-19 restrictions on bars and restaurants
The New York Sate Liquor Authority (NYSLA) has voted to lift COVID-19 restrictions that have limited bars and restaurants over the past pandemic year.
The Authority met at its regular meeting on Wednesday and voted unanimously to drop their restrictions.
“I think this is great news and I will be voting to endorse it as well,” said Commissioner Greeley Ford, who lives in the Utica region. “This will allow them to resume their normal activities, as long as they follow the guidelines of the health department and the CDC,” he said.
The move will also reinstate the licenses of more than 150 licensees who have agreed to restrictions as penalties for violations over the past year. Bar and restaurant owners will need to adhere to the restrictions of their current license, until their newly restored license arrives in the mail. Licensees do not have to contact the liquor board to get the license reinstated. These licenses will be automatically processed and mailed before the end of the week. This waiver of restrictions would not apply to licensees who have not resolved their violation case with NYSLA.
Restaurants, bars and venues can now follow the normal restrictions they already have on their liquor license, unless there is a restriction from the NYS Department of Health that replaces it. They will still need to follow any new CDC requirements, per NYS Health Department requirements.
See the latest guidelines from the Ministry of Health here.
The lifting of the NYSLA restrictions is effective immediately.
This means that in bars and restaurants, “fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced, but unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks and be socially distanced,” according to the reports. NYS Health Department guidelines.
Indoor meals at bars and restaurants were closed in March after last year during the COVID-19 outbreak, and guidelines for the pandemic have moved very slowly since roughly around the corner. same time last year.
The NYSLA has been accused of enforcing strict guidelines over the past year on establishments that serve alcohol.