Today, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey signed the supplemental budget bill, which includes a key provision to permanently allow cocktails to-go in the state in support of local businesses and adult consumers.

The temporary measure expired on April 1.

“Massachusetts consumers, restaurants and bars can all toast to the fact that cocktails to-go are here to stay,” said Andy Deloney, senior vice president & head of state public policy at the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. “During the pandemic, cocktails to-go were a critical source of revenue for many businesses, and now, the increased convenience and stability they offer is permanent. We applaud the Legislature and Governor Healey for supporting Massachusetts businesses and consumers by making cocktails to-go permanent.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 27 states, including Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to permanently allow cocktails to-go, and six others have enacted laws that allow cocktails to-go on a temporary basis. Numerous states are still considering cocktails to-go legislation.

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.

BACKGROUND

States that signed legislation to make cocktails to-go permanent into law: 

Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia have all made COVID-era cocktails to-go measures permanent.

States that signed legislation to allow cocktails to-go on a temporary basis into law: 

California (expires December 31, 2026), Colorado (expires July 1, 2025), Illinois (expires August 1, 2028), New Jersey (TBD), New York (expires April 9, 2025) and Vermont (expires July 1, 2025) passed legislation to allow cocktails to-go on a temporary basis.