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Temporary Liquor Licenses (Covid-19 Policy)

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The NYC Hospitality Alliance is advocating for a law allowing the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to issue temporary liquor licenses to new applicant restaurants and bars in New York City, just as the law allows the SLA to do for new applicants elsewhere in New York State. This policy will make a huge difference for people looking to invest in New York City and open new restaurants and bars by reducing the time to begin legally serving alcohol from 4-7 months from the time of filing with SLA, to closer to 30 days from the time of filing with SLA. It will help get closed storefront businesses open and employees back to work much quicker.