Statement by Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Adam Smith
“The hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit during COVID-19. The opportunity for Washington’s restaurants to sell mixed drinks for carry-out 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 the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board for continuing to use innovative solutions to support Washington’s hospitality industry.”
Washington restaurants and bars were closed for dine-in service on March 16 via emergency proclamation by the governor.
Currently, 31 states plus the District of Columbia are allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell distilled spirits for carry-out. 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 and New Jersey, are also considering extending these policies past COVID-19.