The State Liquor Authority announced that they have suspended liquor licenses for 14 additional bars and restaurants in New York State after finding egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders, bringing the total number of liquor licenses suspended during the coronavirus pandemic to 162. This weekend, the state’s multi-agency task force — led by the State Police and State Liquor Authority — conducted 3,964 compliance checks, documenting violations at 34 establishments. Businesses found in violation of COVID-19 regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant’s liquor license.
Two Capital Region bars made the list. The remaining 14 are in New York City. From the SLA:
“Mark’s Grill” at 1051 Curry Road in Schenectady, on August 22, 2020
On August 21st SLA investigators found the premises to be operating a bar-only service with no dining, in direct violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders. Investigators entered the premises, observing that all fourteen bar stools were occupied, with no space between patrons, and with three additional patrons standing and drinking near the bar, all without facial coverings. Investigators ordered and were served alcoholic beverages without food from a bartender with a facial covering around her chin. Additional patrons were standing and drinking at high top tables and several patrons without facial coverings were milling about the premises.
“Andy’s Place” at 605 New Scotland Avenue in Albany, on August 22, 2020
On August 21st, SLA investigators entered the premises and found the establishment operating a bar-only service with no dining, in direct violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders. A bartender was observed without a facial covering and four patrons — also without facial coverings — were standing at the bar consuming alcohol. Investigators ordered and were served alcoholic beverages without food, noting several patrons entering and exiting the premises without facial coverings. By the time the investigators departed, seven patrons were standing and congregating around the bar without facial coverings, consuming alcohol.