The California It may become the norm for the pandemic allowing restaurants and other establishments to permanently allow the collection and sale of alcoholic beverages.
This week, the state assembly will consider a bill to allow the provision, which was enacted to provide additional income streams to the besieged companies. The Senate approved the bill on Monday. If the council agrees, it will go to Governor Gavin Newsom’s office to sign the bill.
During the pandemic, establishments serving ready-made cocktails had to sell food as well. This provision will not be required under SB 398 in its current form.
Senator Bill Dodd (Democrat from Napa), who introduced the bill, saw making the rule permanent as a “necessity”.
“If letting restaurants sell ready-to-eat cocktails helps keep their doors open, we must do so,” Dodd said in a statement. “This is about preserving jobs and getting our economy back on track.”
About 30 states have allowed in cocktail sales during the pandemic, and a number of them have now made this rule permanent.
California has 11 out of 58 counties on the red level, indicating that bars and restaurants that do not serve food should remain closed. Los Angeles County allowed resumption of indoor bar service last week.