Farmers’ Markets and Liquor Stores Qualify as Essential Businesses

Liquor stores have been deemed essential. Photo: Eileen O’Donnell//Moment Editorial/Getty Images

In a press conference today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all nonessential workers to stay home. The state government’s latest effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus had some people wondering who wasn’t considered essential — you probably had at least one friend in a group chat asking about delivery services and restaurants. Those businesses can stay open for delivery and takeout, as they are deemed essential along with bars (which are being allowed to sell alcohol to go), liquor stores, and farmers’ markets. Liquor delivery apps have reported massive upticks in sales as coronavirus concerns have increased and especially since the restaurant shutdown, with Drizly’s chief marketing officer calling it “staggering to watch.”

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