Oregon Legislature makes cocktails to-go permanent

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill allowing the sale of cocktails to-go to continue after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Senate Bill 317, which allows licensed establishments to sell “mixed drinks and single servings of wine in sealed containers for off-premises consumption,” previously passed the Oregon Senate in March. It cleared the House Tuesday by a vote of 51-7. The bill now moves to Gov. Kate Brown.

As new coronavirus restrictions brought drinking and dining to a standstill across America in March 2020, many states rushed to overturn laws banning takeout cocktail sales, many of which had been on the books since Prohibition.

Sponsored by Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, and Rep. Rob Nosse. D-Portland, the new bill means Oregon will join around 15 states and the District of Columbia in making cocktails to-go permanent.

In Washington state, political leaders adjusted for the pandemic by allowing cocktails and alcoholic beverages to be purchased to-go, but there are restrictions in place. According to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, state guidance from Washington Governor Jay Inslee allows businesses to serve alcoholic beverages to-go so long as they have the proper license.

However, cocktails cannot be ordered to-go from a restaurant without being purchased alongside a meal. Secure lids and/or caps are required on all drinks sold from Washington restaurants and similar businesses.

For more information on these specifications for Washington state, click here.


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