Cocktails-To-Go Now Available Effective Immediately In PA

mixed drinks up to 64 oz can be purchased

Andrew Limberg
May 21, 2020 - 1:51 pm
Mixed drink at a bar

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Cocktails are now available for curbside pickup across Pennsylvania.

Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 327, now Act 21 of 2020 which allows the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go from bars, restaurants or hotels with a liquor licence.

The law takes effect immediately.

The law applies to establishments that have lost 25 percent or their average months total sales during the coronavirus pandemic.

The beverages must be sold with container with a secure lid and can be up to 64oz before 11 p.m.

The drinks must be places in the vehicle’s trunk or backseat.

"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 bill will expire after the COVID-19 disaster emergency ends in Pennsylvania.  

The PLCB has released guidelines following the bill’s signature:

  • Licensees may not sell to go:
    • Mixed drinks containing wine or beer
    • Unopened bottles of liquor
    • Gallon jugs of cocktails
    • Unopened ready-to-drink prepackaged cocktails
    • Straight liquor
  • Drinks to go may not be consumed on the licensed premises and must be sold in sealed containers with secure lids or caps designed to prevent consumption without removal of the lid or cap. A lid with sipping or straw holes must be covered or affixed with an additional seal before sale.
  • Licensees can sell drinks to go from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, and from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Sundays if the licensee has a Sunday sales permit.
  • There is no limit to the number of drinks-to-go a person can purchase at a time, and purchase of a meal is not required in order to buy drinks to go.
  • Drinks-to-go may not be delivered.
  • Within the next 60 days, any licensee selling drinks to go must begin to use a transaction scan device to verify the age of anyone appearing under 35 years of age before making a sale.
  • Retail licensees not permitted to sell drinks to go include clubs and catering clubs; any licensee whose license was objected to through the Nuisance Bar program; any licensee whose license is suspended or in safekeeping; and any licensee previously suspended under the Licensee Compliance program.

 

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