Wed. Jan 19th, 2022

Carryout alcohol was a lifeline for many restaurants and bars in New York amid the pandemic, though Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s provision permitting that within his COVID-19 disaster declaration expires on Thursday as the overarching order does.

Cuomo first declared COVID-19 a disaster emergency in New York on March 7, 2020, six days after he and Mayor Bill de Blasio reported the first confirmed virus case in New York City and a week before the state’s first confirmed death.

That single declaration empowered him to impose an ongoing series of restrictions and orders over the next year and a half, rules the state said were necessary to protect public health amid the pandemic.