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New York extends to-go alcohol sales at restaurants for another week


BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- As the pandemic's restrictions continue to loosen around the state, one key adjustment has been extended for a week through April 6.

When the pandemic began and barred restaurants from allowing diners inside, they lost a significant amount of revenue.

Restaurants turned to curbside pickup for food and alcohol, which was made possible by a change in alcohol sales restrictions.

The Lost Dog Cafe and Lounge in Binghamton has said the allowance of alcohol sales to be to-go is an important part of the financial recovery of the restaurant industry.

Alex Loughman is the beverage director and said the extension is great, but he hopes to see it extended for a longer period of time. "It's not the most significant thing, it's great. But we're still in an ongoing pandemic. It's not over, so why are we stopping the regulations that are letting us get our business," he said.

Kienan Dixon

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