Measure supports hospitality businesses struggling to cope with harsh economic impacts of COVID-19

 Today, the Virginia Legislature passed HB 1879, a bill to allow cocktails to-go from distilleries, restaurants and bars until July 1, 2022, in an effort to support Virginia’s hospitality businesses struggling to cope with the harsh economic impacts of COVID-19. The bill heads to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk for signature.     

“Cocktails to-go have provided much-needed revenue for Virginia’s hospitality businesses and helped many of them survive during the pandemic,” said David Wojnar, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Senior Vice President and Head of State Public Policy. “Unfortunately, Virginia’s distilleries, restaurants and bars have a long way to go before things are completely back to normal. Extending cocktails to-go provides additional stability for businesses and added convenience for consumers. We urge Governor Northam to sign this bill as soon as possible and extend cocktails to go through July 2022.”


Currently, more than 30 states plus the District of Columbia are allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go. Iowa and Ohio have both made cocktails to-go permanent, and more than 20 states are considering allowing, extending or making 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.