Not to prevent drunk driving, which is a proven killer, but to keep you from drinking too many sugary products Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bid to prevent New Yorkers from drinking large sodas is far more sweeping than previously thought, the new regulations show.
The Big Apple’s Health Department began sending brochures out last
week to businesses affected by the ban, reports The New
York Post, and while it was common knowledge that large sodas, such
as 7-11’s “Big Gulp” would be prohibited, the measure also affects restaurant
and bar sales as well.
For example, pizza deliveries can no longer
include a two-liter bottle of soda, restaurants can no longer sell pitchers of
soft drinks, and bars can’t include bottle-service mixers when customers order a
bottle of liquor. The ban prohibits bars and restaurants from selling sugary
drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.
Merchants said they were shocked to
see the new rules, and said families will have to pay higher unit prices for
smaller bottles. The prohibition does not affect sealed sodas that are sold in
grocery stores, so some of the plan’s critics do not understand the ban on
two-liter bottles sold through pizza shops.
“It’s ludicrous,” said Robert
Bookman, a lawyer for the New York City Hospitality Alliance. “It’s a sealed
bottle of soda you can buy in the supermarket. Why can’t they deliver what you
can get in the supermarket?”
Families will also feel the pain at
children’s party places, since plastic pitchers of drinks will no longer be
sold, unless they contain 100 percent juice.
A night of bottle service
will also cost more at New York nightclubs, where customers often buy a bottle
of alcohol for their tables and get a full complement of mixers to stir into
The carafes the mixers come in typically hold 32 ounces,
and sodas, cranberry juice and tonic water will be limited, as only water and
100 percent juice can be sold.
There are a few exceptions. The ban
doesn’t affect alcoholic drinks, diet sodas or coffee drinks. Customers can also
order large fruit smoothies, but only if they don’t have added sweeteners, or
large milkshakes if they contain at least 50 percent milk.
face $200 fines if they violate the new rules.