ALBANY – The State Liquor Authority is providing clarification on the permanent ‘alcohol to-go’ policy in New York.

The measure was temporarily rolled out during the pandemic to help bars and restaurants boost business while indoor seating was restricted.

The policy was so popular, calls grew to make it permanent, a move state lawmakers and Governor ‘okayed’ during the state budget.

As part of the law, a “substantial food order” is needed to takeout beer, wine and liquor. Officials say substantial food includes things like: sandwiches, soups, or other foods whether fresh, processed, pre-cooked, or frozen. That could include wings, salad, or hotdogs.

However, officials say that a bag of chips, or a bowl of nuts or candy by itself, would not be sufficient.

Furthermore, drinks would have to be packaged in a sealed cups or other containers.