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New York City To Allow Bar Seating Starting May 3

April 30, 2021

New York is relaxing some of its on-premise restrictions aimed at combating the pandemic as the vaccination campaign increasingly helps slow the spread of new infections in the Empire State. Among the changes, New York City will allow bar seating beginning May 3, while the 12am food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning May 17 and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31.

Nationally, on-premise sales have been picking up lately, with markets like Florida and California leading the way. According to BeverageTrak data from Nielsen CGA, New York state’s on-premise dollar velocity jumped 180% year-on-year in the week through April 18.—Daniel Marsteller

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