New York City To Give Retailers 90-Day Grace Period Before Enforcing Sugary Drinks Ban

New York City’s Board of Health has announced that it will give restaurants and other on-premise food retailers a three-month grace period before enforcing its ban on the sale of large format sugary drinks.

The ban, which the board passed in September, is set to begin on Mar. 12 and will restrict the on-premise sale of beverages that contain more than 25 calories per 8 oz. serving in containers larger than 16 oz. Once the 90-day grace period ends, violators of the ban will be subject to a $200 fine.

Shortly after passing the ban, restaurant and beverage industry groups filed a lawsuit against the city saying that the Board of Health did not have the authority to initiate the ban. Only city legislators had the power to enact regulation, the groups claim.

An attorney for the city made the announcement the grace period last Tuesday during an in-chambers session related to the lawsuit, which was filed in New York State Supreme Court. The court announced a two-week delay on the start of arguments in the lawsuit, which will now begin on Jan. 23, according the National Restaurant Association.