To-go cocktails, alcohol delivery to end for bars and restaurants Thursday

New York state’s popular to-go alcohol program, which has been a lifeline for restaurants and bars during the Covid-19 pandemic will end abruptly on Thursday.

The New York State Liquor Authority announced the end of the program amid Gov. Andrew Cuomo allowing the state of emergency to expire Thursday, in turn lifting more Covid restrictions.

“Licensees please be advised that with the ending of our state of emergency and the return to pre-pandemic guidelines, the temporary pandemic-related privileges for to-go and delivery of alcoholic beverages will end after June 24,” the Liquor Authority tweeted.

Industry groups representing restaurant and bar owners said that to-go alcoholic beverage sales have proved

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