Statement by Distilled Spirits Council Vice President David Wojnar
“The hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit during COVID-19. The opportunity for Rhode Island’s restaurants to sell mixed drinks for takeout will be a valuable economic lifeline during this pandemic. This critical revenue stream will help support struggling hospitality industry workers, while providing adult consumers with the convenience of enjoying their favorite restaurant’s specialty cocktail in the comfort of their home. We applaud Governor Gina Raimondo for continuing to use innovative solutions to support Rhode Island’s hospitality industry.”
Mixed drinks in sealed containers will be available for takeout from restaurants and bars beginning Saturday, May 9, 2020.
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.