The Oklahoma Legislature today passed HB 2122, a bill to permanently allow cocktails to-go from restaurants – increasing consumer convenience and supporting hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. The bill heads to Governor Kevin Stitt’s desk for signature.
“Across the country, cocktails to-go has provided critical revenue for struggling hospitality businesses and increased convenience for adult consumers looking for alternative ways to enjoy their favorite cocktails at home during the pandemic,” said Kristi Brown, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Senior Director of State Government Relations. “Now, Oklahomans are one step closer to being able to use cocktails to-go in their state. We applaud the legislature for passing this consumer- and business-friendly measure and urge Governor Stitt to make cocktails to-go permanent by signing this bill.”
More than 30 states began allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go as a COVID economic relief measure. Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Montana, Arkansas, West Virginia and the District of Columbia have all made COVID-era cocktails to-go measures permanent. Dozens of other states are also considering legislation to extend or make permanent cocktails to-go measures.
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.