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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Quick Update on "Cocktails to Go" Legislation

We reported previously about a bill adopted by the Illinois General Assembly that allows Illinois restaurants and bars to sell "cocktails to go" either by delivery or carry out. You can read the legislation here. Yesterday, Governor Pritzker signed the legislation into law and it became effective immediately. 

The new law contains a number of restrictions on the carry out or delivery of cocktails, including a requirement that tamper-evident and sealed containers be used, the cocktails be placed in the trunk or rear area of a vehicle for transit, the container be labeled as required by the law, and the cocktails can only be delivered by an employee of the establishment, and not third-party services. 

Now that this law is in effect, local governments should become familiar with the statutory restrictions and be ready for restaurants and bars to request permission to allow this. Note that the law is temporary in nature, and expires one year from its effective date.


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