DENVER, Colo. — Colorado Governor Jared Polis today signed HB 1027, a measure to extend cocktails to-go from restaurants and bars until July 1, 2025.
“Governor Polis acted swiftly to support Colorado hospitality businesses by allowing cocktails to-go during the pandemic,” said Kristi Brown, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Senior Director of State Government Relations. “Cocktails to-go have proven to be a vital part of businesses’ survival during COVID-19 and will only provide increased stability as they work to get back on their feet. Local restaurants and bars are desperate for a sustained source of revenue, and cocktails to-go provide a critical lifeline for these businesses. We thank the legislature and Governor Polis for extending cocktails to-go in support of Colorado’s hospitality businesses.”
Fifteen states have currently made COVID-19 era cocktails to-go measures permanent and 11 others have extended cocktails to-go through legislation.
More than 35 states began allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go as a COVID economic relief measure. Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Montana, Arkansas, West Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Kansas, Arizona, Nebraska, Oregon and the District of Columbia have all made COVID-era cocktails to-go measures permanent. Dozens of other states are also considering legislation to extend or make 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.