State lawmakers poised to roll back some Cuomo pandemic regs

State lawmakers poised to roll back some Cuomo pandemic regs
Democrats in Albany are looking at rolling back some of the governor's pandemic regulations, including the one requiring bars to serve food with alcohol. (Source: WWNY)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - It appears that Democrats in Albany will roll back some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pandemic rules.

A press release from the state Senate majority says that Wednesday they will move to suspend several of Cuomo’s executive orders.

Among them is the one requiring a bar customer to also order food.

The release says the Senate majority is taking steps to ease COVID-19 restrictions and will continue to review existing directives.

“New Yorkers have stepped up to take the appropriate safety precautions to curb the spread of COVID-19,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.

“As more New Yorkers continue to get vaccinated, and our infection rates continue to decline, it is time to begin removing certain restrictions and regulations that are no longer necessary,” Stewart-Cousins said, “so we can safely reopen and rebuild our state’s economy.”

The majority also plans to reinstate a rule that individuals who volunteer to take on significant government work – such as helping with COVID operations – will be treated as public officers in order to comply with government disclosure and transparency rules.

A rule that vaccination sites must use all their doses within a week will also be relaxed. Senators call that rule “outdated.”

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