NY suspends 14 other liquor licenses; 162 bars, restaurants suspended since March

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NEW YORK – The New York State Liquor Authority has suspended the licenses of 14 more bars and restaurants for violating executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.A total of 162 bars and restaurants have had their alcohol licenses suspended for repeated or blatant violations since the start of the pandemic, according to the governor.

“Now is not the time to lose sight of our goal, and if compliance fails, all of the progress we’ve made over the past five months could be undermined,” Cuomo said in a statement Monday. “These establishments are putting the health of their staff, their customers and all New Yorkers at risk – and their actions are simply unacceptable. ”

The 14 new suspensions are located in New York, Long Island and the Capital Region.

In New York City, the SLA suspended the licenses of seven establishments in Brooklyn, one in Manhattan and three in Queens. The council also suspended the licenses for one establishment in Albany, one in Schenectady and one in Suffolk County.

Task force investigators reported that a Brooklyn establishment, Restaurant La Perla Del Ulua, hosted an illegal street party on Saturday with a DJ and nearly 40 people drinking and dancing, state officials said.

The SLA can suspend a liquor license for repeated violations or if a violation is particularly egregious, officials say.

Violators of state coronavirus decrees and guidelines can face fines of up to $ 10,000 per citation.

The crackdown on restaurants and bars continues despite progress in slowing the spread of the virus.

Cuomo said the continued enforcement of the coronavirus executive orders and the phased reopening plan are critical to keeping COVID-19 numbers low.



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