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Bill becomes Law: Cocktails-to-go are a go in Pennsylvania!

Governor Wolf signs bill making "Cocktails-to-go" temporarily legal in Pennsylvania! Revisit the last update from Monday when Tom Tell of Thirst T's Bar and Grill called into to talk about the unanimous State Senate vote.

Frank Andrews
May 21, 2020 - 1:59 pm

On Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 327 into law.  This new law allows the temporary sale of cocktails-to go from bars, restaurants or hotels with a liquor license.  The new law takes effect immediately.  The full press release from the Governor's office is below.  This is the latest update in a long string of updates which started a few weeks ago when Tom Tell, owner of Thirst T's Bar and Grill, started a petition looking to make "cocktails-to go" legal in the Commonwealth. 

Prior to the signing of the bill, the most recent update was on Tuesday, when the bill passed unanimously in both the State House and Senate. Audio of that phone call can be found here  

 

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed House Bill 327, now Act 21 of 2020, allowing the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go from bars, restaurants or hotels with a liquor license. The law takes effect immediately.

“This new temporary rule creates more business for bars and restaurants when they need it, helps to meet customer demand and supports social distancing,” said Governor Wolf. “As we approach the holiday weekend, I encourage all Pennsylvanians to remember to drink responsibly.”

The law applies to bars, restaurants and hotels that have lost 25 percent of average monthly total sales during the COVID-19 emergency. The beverages must be sold in containers with a secure lid in quantities from 4 oz. to 64 oz. before 11 p.m. An additional seal is required on the straw opening of a lid. Within 60 days, bars and restaurants must use a transaction scan device to verify a consumer’s age if the person appears to be younger than 35 years of age.

"Our local restaurants are working hard to feed our communities during this difficult time,” said Rep. Perry Warren. “Act 21 both streamlines the process for residents to decide whether to permit alcohol sales in a ‘dry’ municipality and allows restaurants to add another product for their customers for curbside pickup and takeout during this crisis. I thank Governor Wolf and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting this bill."

The temporary rule expires after the COVID-19 disaster emergency ends and a business reaches 60 percent capacity.

Pennsylvania’s open container law applies.

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