Hocul: Drinks-to-go to be served again at NY restaurants and bars


Restaurants and bars just got the green light to serve cocktails to-go once again.

Gov. Kathy Hochul — who took over the office this summer after Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned — made this announcement today during her first state of the state address.

Drinks-to-go proved to be a significant revenue stream last year amid the shut downs. The program ran until June after Cuomo ended the state’s coronavirus emergency order.

It is unclear when these establishments will be allowed to serve to-go drinks and if this will stay on a permanent basis. Make sure to check back with for more details.

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In addition, the state will issue a tax credit for COVID-related purchases, like outdoor heaters and seating.

“Millions of New Yorkers, particularly small business owners, middle-class families, and our senior communities, have been hit hard by the economic devastation of the last two years, and they need our help,” Hochul said. “We must accelerate our recovery by not only reducing the tax burden but also finding ways to put money back into the pockets of the New Yorkers who support our economy.”

Hochul also said the state will provide $100 million in tax relief for 195,000 small businesses by expanding eligibility and increasing a tax return adjustment that reduces a small business’s gross income.

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