Assemblymember Wallace Sponsors, Passes Resolution Repealing Unnecessary ‘Food-With-Drinks’ Executive Order

In light of increased vaccinations and dropping COVID rates, Assemblymember Wallace introduced, passed resolution to roll back executive order on restaurants, bars

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) announced the passage of a resolution she sponsored to repeal Executive Order 202.52, which had required patrons to purchase a food item with alcohol beverages served on premises.

“While the governor issued a wide range of executive orders to protect New Yorkers at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to safely repeal measures that are no longer necessary,” said Assemblymember Wallace. “My resolution immediately repeals this restriction, which had imposed additional burdens on restaurants during this very difficult period.” 

Wallace’s resolution builds on legislation she helped pass earlier this year to repeal the governor’s expanded emergency powers and return to a more regular order with increased oversight and review from the Legislature (A.5967). The resolution would immediately revoke the ‘food-with-drinks’ requirement that further burdened struggling small-business owners. Wallace also joined her colleagues in repealing an executive order that eliminated a loophole allowing volunteers in government to avoid compliance with the ethical requirements of New York’s Public Officers’ Law. Additionally, the Legislature repealed various executive orders that had threatened to impose fines and penalties on health care facilities for failing to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine within a week of receiving it.

“I’m delighted that we were able to move these resolutions forward, which signify yet another step in our return to normalcy. A few weeks ago we passed our state budget, which provided businesses and families with the support they need to get back to work and move our economy forward. These resolutions are another step toward that economic recovery and to restoring the normal order of business in our Legislature and in our state,” said Assemblymember Wallace.