The MTA is banning alcohol consumption on Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road trains during SantaCon NYC.
The ban will be in effect from 4 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 through noon Sunday, Dec. 12. As in years past, the restriction also bans alcohol on all LIRR and Metro-North station platforms during these times.
“There may be riders coming back to the train for the first time since the start of the pandemic,” MTA Police Chief Joseph McGrann said in a press release. “It is important we do everything we can to maintain orderly travel so that everyone can enjoy their holiday plans by getting to their destinations smoothly and on time.”
Alcohol will be confiscated from violators and summonses will be issued by police, according to the MTA. Those who do not comply with may also be subject to removal from trains or stations by police.
The MTA also issued a reminder that masks must be worn on all trains.
SantaCon NYC takes place this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It was not held in 2020 because of the pandemic.
A similar alcohol ban was issued by the MTA during SantaCon in 2019.