In making the announcement today, Reeves said “our bars should look more like restaurants and less like mobs for COVID-19 spread.” The thinking is that if customers are not congregated at the bar, they will be less likely to spread COVID-19.
Your ability to order alcohol has been at the center of a spattering of new government orders recently.
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is requiring customers to purchase food if they want to purchase alcohol. He then clarified that a bag of chips or nuts does not meet the food requirement. Specifically, you have to buy sandwiches, soups, or the vague “other food.”
Previously, one bar in New York was serving $1 “Cuomo Chips” with every drink order.
The state of Pennsylvania has a similar order in place requiring you to purchase food with your drink order. They also had to clarify that snacks are not food, only meals. And after you’ve finished eating, you cannot buy more alcohol.
In Colorado, last call is at 10 p.m. In Chicago, bars will no longer be able to serve customers indoors. In Indianapolis, all bars have been re-closed. Same story in Louisiana, unless that bar also serves food.
The story continues.
One hundred years after prohibition spread across America, businesses that serve alcohol are again in the fight for their lives.