No longer can restaurants and bars serve alcoholic beverages without food.
Cuomo on Thursday announced the new regulations for eateries to ensure compliance with the state’s social distancing and face covering orders to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The measure limits bars and restaurants across the state to serve alcohol only to customers who order and eat food.
“No food? Then no alcohol,” Gov. Cuomo said.
Under current law, only establishments that serve food are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages.
The state additionally now requires that all service at bar tops must only be for seated patrons who are socially distanced by at least six feet or separated by physical barriers.
The measures are a part of the governor’s “Three Strikes and You’re Closed'” initiative, where any business not following state guidelines will be shut down for good.
“Egregious violations can result in immediate loss of liquor license or closure before a third strike,” reads a statement from the state’s website.
Cuomo has previously expressed alarm about photos posted on social media from eateries that show large groups gathering with little apparent regard for maintaining social distance.
GreaterSayville.com editor Brian Harmon contributed to this report. Embed from Getty Images