Washington, D.C., May Permanently Legalize To-Go Cocktails
If there is a silver lining for the bars and restaurants that have been hit by the COVID-19 lockdowns, it has been the widespread loosening of liquor laws.
Across the country, cities and states have allowed for the sale of to-go cocktails and other types of alcohol for off-premise consumption. It won’t save the bar business, but it has turned into a temporary lifeline for many purveyors of fine drinks—and a new convenience for anyone stuck at home who still wants to imbibe.
With any luck, however, those temporary lifelines will become permanent reforms. And that might start in Washington, D.C.
Barred in DC, a blog covering the area’s bar scene, reports that Mayor Muriel Bowser is proposing to change the city’s liquor laws to make to-go cocktail sales permanent (probably with a food-purchase requirement) while expanding the hours during which off-premise liquor sales are allowed. To-go drinks were initially allowed on a temporary, emergency basis. Under proposed changes in a recent Fiscal Impact Statement, those emergency rules would be made permanent. In some ways, it’s fitting for an industry that has found itself in what feels like a permanent emergency.
Nor is Bowser the
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