Statement by Distilled Spirits Council Vice President David Wojnar
“We are grateful the Jackson City Council realized the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry will be long-lasting. Approving cocktails to-go as restaurants begin opening this weekend will provide a valuable economic lifeline as these businesses begin the recovery process. This action will support struggling hospitality workers, while providing adult consumers with the convenience of enjoying their favorite restaurant’s specialty cocktail in the comfort of their home.”
Currently, 32 states plus the District of Columbia are allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go, bottled spirits to-go or both. Eighteen states plus the District of Columbia are allowing restaurants and/or bars to deliver distilled spirits in some form. In addition, 12 states plus the District of Columbia are now permitting curbside pickup of distilled spirits from restaurants and/or bars.
Some states, including Texas, Florida and New Jersey, are considering extending these policies past COVID-19.