Liquor stores qualify as essential businesses in New York and will be exempt from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order for all non-essential workers to stay home, according to the New York State Liquor Association (SLA).
The exemption applies to all SLA-licensed entities.
LONG LINES FOR LIQUOR/WINE: Photos don’t do this one justice. Lines steady with 15+ people waiting at a time all with #SocialDistancing markers on the ground. Staff tells me they’ve been told liquor stores are considered an essential service. #wine #littlethings #InThisTogether
On Friday morning, Gov. Cuomo ordered 100 percent of non-essential workers to stay home to try to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. There will be a fine and mandatory closure for any business not in compliance.
The governor also announced that all non-essential gatherings were canceled and that New Yorkers should remain indoors to the greatest extent possible to protect their physical and mental health.
For a full list of what businesses are essential and which are non-essential, click here.