NYSLA Restricts On-Premises Sales in Response to COVID-19
In response to Order of Governor Cuomo, the New York State Liquor Authority ("NYSLA") issued restrictions on licensees regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET. In accordance with...

In response to Order of Governor Cuomo, the New York State Liquor Authority ("NYSLA") issued restrictions on licensees regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET. In accordance with the NYSLA, all licensed on-site establishments (including restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs, arenas, dining establishments, etc.) must stop on-site sales of alcoholic beverages and / or food. This includes NYSLA licensed manufacturers who have onsite privileges (such as a winery with a tasting room or a brewery with a tap room). A NYSLA licensed manufacturer may continue its manufacturing operations. The restriction is in place until April 15, 2020 but can be extended or reduced depending on any further development.

The governor has asked the NYSLA to enact a directive regarding new off-premises privileges for licensed businesses with on-site privileges. NYSLA provided the following:

  1. Any on-site licensee and any manufacturing licensee who has on-site retail privileges may sell, for off-premises consumption, any alcoholic beverage that the licensee is. permit for sale for on-site consumption under the New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Act. (See the New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Act for more information on what your establishment's license allows.)
    1. NYSLA gave the following example: a tavern wine licensee can sell beer, wine, cider, mead, and wine products, but not alcohol, and a wine farm may sell any New York State labeled wine, beer, cider, mead, or liquor. , but not non-New York State products, unless it is also licensed on-site.
  2. Alcoholic beverages sold for off-premises consumption under NYSLA's COVID-19 guidelines may be sold in "any original closed and sealed container of any size." (Double check federal regulations to ensure your container size or filling standards meet federal regulations, if applicable.) However, NYSLA requires that (1) each container be accompanied by the purchase of food; and (2) sales must comply with municipal ordinances on open containers
  3. Alcoholic beverages sold for off-premises consumption under NYSLA COVID-19 guidelines may be sold to take out at licensed premises or can be delivered to the customer's home.
    1. Deliveries, however, must be made in a vehicle authorized by NYSLA (such as a third-party delivery service) or a vehicle that is owned, operated or leased and operated by the licensee or its employee. A copy of the permit or license must be present in the vehicle if alcohol is being delivered.
  4. Alcoholic beverages sold for off-premises consumption under NYSLA COVID-19 guidelines may be sold only during opening hours on site the county where the licensed facility is located. If the hours are different, the hours of operation that are set out in the licensee's operating method that are registered with NYSLA.

NYSLA went on to say that any business licensed under NYSLA jurisdiction operating in violation of Governor Cuomo's order limiting on-site sales of alcoholic beverages will face a fine (maximum of $ 10,000 for retailers and $ 100,000 for manufacturers) and / or suspension, l 'cancellation or revocation of its license.

Please note that the above restrictions and tips apply only to licensees who have been licensed under the NYSLA.

For more information on New York State Liquor Law, Wine Law, or Alcohol Law, please contact Lindsey Zahn.

DISCLAIMER: This blog post is for general information purposes only, is not intended to constitute aand no attorney-client relationship results. Please consult your own lawyer for legal advice.

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Lindsey is the founder and author of On Reserve: A Wine Law Blog. She is a lawyer specializing in alcoholic beverages and food and is admitted to the New York State bar.

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