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New York City grants three-month reprieve from sugary drink fines

Food and beverage industry groups have filed a lawsuit to keep the measure from going into effect on March 12

Businesses dreading New York City’s impending sugary drink ban won a brief reprieve today, as city officials announced that they will not impose fines for the first three months after the measure takes effect.

The ban, which was passed in September and is slated to take effect on March 12, will prevent businesses such as restaurants, movie theaters and delis from selling sodas or other sugary drinks that are larger than 16 ounces. The city’s Department of Health said Tuesday that the ban will take effect as scheduled, but that businesses will have a three-month grace period before they face a $200 fine for noncompliance.

Alanna Byrne

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