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Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

The New York state legislature on Tuesday said they will suspend a COVID-era rule requiring that people order food when purchasing alcohol, the New York Times reports.

What they're saying: "It is time to begin removing certain restrictions and regulations that are no longer necessary, so we can safely reopen and rebuild our state's economy," Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, per a local ABC affiliate.

Background: The rule was initially imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last summer to make sure customers stayed seated in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Some bars and restaurants across the state used workarounds to abide by the directive, offering simple and affordable menu items "that would count as 'food' under the governor’s directive," the Times writes.

What's next: "The repeal of the rule would go into effect after passing both legislative chambers in Albany, which could happen this week," The Times writes.

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Updated Aug 6, 2021 - Economy & Business

Facebook joins growing list of companies delaying plans to reopen offices

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As the contagious Delta variant continues to reach across the United States, more and more companies are delaying plans to reopen offices.

By the numbers: A recent survey of 1,000 HR professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management and Lucid found that half of U.S. organizations are worried about Delta. Some corporate players have started mandating vaccines for employees in an attempt to combat the variant.

Graham says he urged Trump "to be aggressive" about COVID vaccine

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who recently tested positive for COVID-19, told AP on Thursday that he's urged former President Trump "to be aggressive and say, 'Take the vaccine'" to increase vaccination rates.

The big picture: Some Republicans have pushed Trump, who was vaccinated in January, to become more vocal in pushing his supporters to get the vaccine.

Updated Aug 6, 2021 - Technology

CNN fires 3 staffers for coming into office unvaccinated

CNN president Jeff Zucker. Photo: J. Countess/Getty Images

CNN president Jeff Zucker told staff Thursday that the network fired three staff members who came to work without getting vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a memo first obtained by the New York Times.

Driving the news: Zucker said in the memo also shared with Axios that CNN had a "zero-tolerance policy" on coronavirus vaccinations and noted that employees showing proof of having had the vaccine may soon become part of the process of entering network buildings.