Statement by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

“In state after state, cocktails to-go have proven to be a vital lifeline for local bars and restaurants struggling to cope with the economic impacts of COVID-19,” Dale Szyndrowski, DISCUS Vice President of State Government Relations. “Extending this consumer-friendly measure into next year will provide hospitality businesses throughout Kansas with an important revenue source as they slowly begin to recover.”


Governor Laura Kelly today signed HB 2016 which extends the sale of to-go alcohol under Executive Order No. 20-27 until January 26, 2021.

Currently, 33 states plus the District of Columbia are allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go, bottled spirits to-go or both. Some states, including Texas, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, Iowa and the District of Columbia, are considering making these policies This bill, permanent.

The distilled spirits industry is committed to responsibility and encourages moderation for adults who choose to drink alcohol. Cocktails to-go are intended for home consumption. Laws governing alcohol consumption must always be observed.