Bar Seating, Late Drinking Is Back
Big news for late-night owls and bar regulars — starting next month, the state of New York will roll back a number of Covid restrictions for bars and restaurants, as vaccinations continue to roll out and case numbers decrease.
First up, on May 3, Governor Cuomo will bring back bar seating, which has been verboten for the last year-plus. Next, on May 17, outdoor dining and drinking will no longer have to abide by the current 12 a.m. curfew. And, on May 31, that same 12 a.m. curfew will be lifted for indoor dining.
“Lifting these restrictions for restaurants, bars and catering companies will allow these businesses that have been devastated by the pandemic to begin to recover as we return to a new normal in a post-pandemic world,” Cuomo said in a statement.
On top of all these welcome changes, the state will no longer require businesses to serve food along with alcoholic beverages, so it’s time to bid farewell to those Wonder-Bread-and-slice-of-cheese “sandwiches.”
photo: Jeremy’s Ale House