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Buttenschon: SLA allowing restaurants to serve liquor outdoors

The New York State Liquor Authority will allow bars and restaurants in the region to serve alcohol to outdoor seating areas, according to Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon.

Posted: Jun 5, 2020 10:43 AM

UTICA, N.Y. – The New York State Liquor Authority will allow bars and restaurants in the region to serve alcohol to outdoor seating areas, according to Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon.

On May 4, Buttenschon wrote a letter to the SLA, requesting they grant license-holders permission to serve liquor outdoors.

“Small businesses across the state have been affected by COVID-19 shutdowns, and restaurants and bars are no different,” said Buttenschon. “Hardworking business owners, who were forced to close under no fault of their own, should be given latitude to adjust their premises and business models during the reopening process. This critical change will help our beloved local restaurants and bars get back on their feet as we navigate these uncertain times together.”

Restaurants made outdoor dining available June 4, while also follow the state’s social distancing and other safety guidelines.

Buttenschon also asked the SLA to offer refunds or reduced costs for liquor licensees operating at reduced capacities, or remaining closed without and outdoor seating option.

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