Proposal to make alcohol to-go permanent

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Bar and restaurant owners may be getting a huge sigh of relief.

New York state allowed the sales of alcoholic beverages to be carry out as bars and restaurants struggled during the pandemic. State mandates put capacity limits in establishments that sell food and drink. Some people stopped eating out amid COVID-19 concerns.

The idea of to go alcohol was able to bring back more business to many of these places. Gov. Hochul proposed making the rule permanent during her State of the State address. The provision that allowed it had expired in June of 2021.