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New York hospitality industry leaders are speaking out against the end of to-go cocktails in the Empire State.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is lifting the COVID-19 state of emergency as New York and the rest of the country bounce back from the pandemic, but that also means the end of to-go booze and other measures that were implemented to help struggling restaurants and bars.
The State Liquor Authority tweeted on Wednesday that the "temporary pandemic-related privileges for to-go and delivery of alcoholic beverages will end" on Friday.
Industry leaders criticized the news this week, pointing out that restaurants have adjusted their businesses to the new policies over the last 15 months and need the revenue.
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"Despite the good news, there are still extreme financial challenges confronting restaurants, bars, and nightlife establishments across the five boroughs," Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, told FOX Business on Wednesday.
"The sudden elimination of alcohol to-go will hurt many businesses that have come to rely on this critical revenue stream, and it will be a disappointment for customers who have come to love the popular policy," Rigie continued. "We will continue to advocate for the return of this revenue-generating program that is important to the continued recovery of New York City’s restaurant industry."