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Alcohol sales to go won’t be allowed in New York: State ends pandemic caveat on Thursday

The New York State Liquor Authority is advising bars and restaurants that alcohol sales to go will end on Thursday.

That will be the last day bars and restaurants can take advantage of pandemic-era rules, which allowed them to sell alcohol ‘to go’.

The move was made in an effort to help struggling bars and restaurants during the pandemic, but with new economic challenges facing them- many have called for it to be extended, or continued permanently.

“I think there were a lot of places that were kind of putting together Fourth of July packages,” Kelly Bush with the New York Restaurant Association told News10NBC. “So, for parties like that, they could come and get a specific cocktail from us and bring home to their parties. That won’t be happening. When people say it’s all back to normal, it’s not.”

Legislation was introduced to extend it for one year, however, a backlog of bills got in the way of putting it up for a vote.