As the coronavirus pandemic continues to intensify and cities across the country hunker down, New Yorkers have been tasked with the uncharacteristic, yet morally responsible practice of social distancing.

Many restaurants and bars around the city have gone dark since they were ordered to close as of 8pm Monday night by Mayor Bill De Blasio. And those still open are dimly lit, operating with a skeleton staff and only offering take-out and delivery options. But temporary changes in New York’s liquor laws gave restaurants and bars the go-ahead to sell alcohol as part of their takeout and delivery menus, as long as they sell food with the orders and delivery personnel have the establishment’s liquor license on hand.

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