TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that, as of Thursday, all restaurants and bars statewide will be subject to new requirements that they must only serve alcohol to people who are ordering and eating food.

Under a previous Cuomo executive order, only establishments that serve food are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages. This order will limit bar service to seated patrons.

“As we continue our science-based phased reopening, the number of hospitalizations and our rate of positive tests remain steady and low,” Cuomo said. “But we need to remember our success fighting this virus is a function of our own actions. Mask wearing, social distancing and handwashing – basic as they may seem – are critical to controlling the spread of this virus. Especially now that we are seeing spikes in cases throughout the country, this is not the time to let up – especially on compliance enforcement. We know the prescription and we know it works – we just need to be smart and do it.”

Cuomo also announced the implementation of a “Three strikes and you’re closed” initiative — shutting down establishments that have been found to repeatedly flout regulations. Under the governor’s plan, any establishment that receives three violations will be closed for business. More serious violations could be met with the immediate loss of liquor license or closure before a third strike. Additionally, any establishment facing disciplinary charges by the State Liquor Authority will have its name and location posted publicly and updated on a weekly basis, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

As this stands, this only applies to New York City business, but the release went on to say that these restrictions could be extended to other portions of the state if they receive notification of similar instances of noncompliance.

Citizens can submit reports of violations, including photos, or other complaints to the State Liquor Authority at www.sla.ny.gov

Featured image courtesy of the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.