Senator Fred Akshar and the New York State Senate Republican Conference  announced the introduction of a concurrent resolution to rescind Governor Cuomo’s mandate that prohibits bars and restaurants from serving alcoholic beverages to patrons who do not order food.

The Executive Order, which was put into effect last July by Governor Cuomo, stated any establishment licensed by the SLA could only serve alcoholic beverages if accompanied by the purchase of a food item by each individual being served an alcoholic beverage.

Senator Fred Akshar released the following statement: “In the midst of this pandemic, we all recognized the need to make adjustments to help contain the spread of the virus, but this order was completely arbitrary, with absolutely no scientific data to back it up. Our bars and restaurants continue to struggle under burdensome mandates passed on by the Governor, and lifting this one is a no-brainer that would immediately help these businesses get back on their feet.”

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