Cocktails-to-go get green light

27 May 2020 | 09:22

Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a House bill allowing the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go from bars, restaurants, or hotels with a liquor license. The law is now in effect. “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 Wolf. 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 to 64 ounces 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. The temporary rule expires after the COVID-19 disaster emergency ends and a business reaches 60 percent capacity. Pennsylvania’s open container law still applies.