Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the weekend signed an executive order extending the ability of businesses that engage in the sale of alcoholic beverages - restaurants, bars, convenience and liquor stores, etc. - to sell said beverages for take out and and delivery through July 18.
The original order, which the governor signed in March at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, was intended to help businesses in these industries, which were hit particularly hard by the lockdown required to flatten the curve.
Social distancing and other public health protocols continue to apply, which is very important, given the rise in infections being seen in other states.
Please enjoy your beverages responsibility while supporting local business owners. The governor today said the state will decide tomorrow whether to slow the reopening of indoor dining, which has shown to be a concern in other states.
He also said that malls will be expected to install air conditioning filters prior to reopening, and that Western New York has been cleared by global public health experts who are advising his administration to enter Phase 4 of the reopening process tomorrow.
"Our reopenings have worked very well. We're not going backwards, we're going forwards,” Cuomo told reporters.