Meals to go makes New York state return

You can take your meals outside at restaurants in New York state, extending a beloved pandemic perk.

Gov. Hochul on Friday signed a bill to extend outdoor dining to help the state’s restaurant industry continue to recover from pandemic losses.

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The legislation, which was set to expire in July of 2021, now extends the program for three years.

A survey from this January found the state’s restaurant industry found three out of four businesses reported losses in 2021.