To-go Cocktails will be allowed after June 15 Reopening in California
“CA will now allow to-go cocktails and outdoor dining expansions to stay after we fully reopen on June 15th,” Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted.”
No worries, to-go will be a thing even after California reopens later this month.
“NEW: The pandemic may be going away… but your to-go cocktails don’t have to! CA will now allow to-go cocktails and outdoor dining expansions to stay after we fully reopen on June 15th,” Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted Thursday.
Since last summer, Riverside County has not imposed restrictions greater than the state, so there’s no reason to think to-go cocktails would be curtailed locally.
The temporary provision aided shuttered businesses that sold alcohol during the pandemic, allowing them a source of income as they went through the cycles of opening and closing. During the pandemic, establishments that offered takeout cocktails also had to sell food. Under SB 398 in its current form, food would not be required for the sale of alcohol, though the practice of tightly sealing and clearly labeling cocktails would remain in place.
As most of California’s counties reopen dine-in service at bars and restaurants in some form, one of the pandemic’s biggest takeout pivots might become permanent: This week the state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would permanently authorize the sale of to-go cocktails for pickup and delivery.