NY Senate suspends mandate requiring food purchase with alcohol

As restaurant curfews are due to fall in New York, elected officials are ending another pandemic-born requirement.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced the requirement last year that mandated purchasing food with an alcoholic beverage in order to prevent lingering at restaurants.
It birthed establishments selling items such as "Cuomo chips" for cheap prices in order to satisfy the requirement.
On Wednesday, the state Senate suspended the mandate.
Cuomo announced that curfews would end on indoor and outdoor dining on different dates in May. Bar seating in New York City is also due to resume next week.