Alcohol-To-Go May Not Go Away After Pandemic
During the pandemic, when you order take out, you are able to add an alcoholic beverage to your order. There is a bill that could make that a permanent option for a couple of years. According to WKBW.com, if you order food whether you pick it up, get it delivered, or do take out directly, you are able to order an alcoholic beverage as well. This is something that is new because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now there is a bill in the New York State Senate that could keep that way of pick up or delivery for two more years. There would be no change in the rules of open containers. The beverages must be sealed and closed. There would also have to be approval from the State Liquor Authority for delivery vehicles. It would also adhere to the restaurant or bar's hours of operation.
The bill hopes to help the restaurants and bars continue to do business and make up for lost business during the pandemic. If the bill does pass in the New York State Senate, the next step will be hearings to be held across the state.
I haven't taken advantage of ordering alcohol with my take out, but I do know a lot of people who do. Being able to add a glass of wine or a beer has made the take out experience better for many. After all, when you go out to dinner, it's nice to have a glass of wine or beer with your meal.