House says cheers to to-go cocktails

By Jacob Smith - The Portsmouth Daily Times

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bill proposed and passed by the Ohio statehouse of Representatives would make the carryout sale of alcoholic drinks and cocktails a permanent option for restaurants across the Buckeye State to offer to customers.

House Bill 666, proposed by representatives D.J. Swearingen and Jeff LeRae, passed the House last week and is another step in to make the sale of to-go drinks permanent.

“This consumer- and business-friendly measure will provide an important boost to Ohio’s economy and help local businesses get back on their feet. We encourage the Senate to pass this measure as soon as possible,” said David Wojnar of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

At the beginning of April, Governor Mike DeWine announced a provision from the executive branch of the state government which allowed the sale of to-go alcoholic drinks while the state’s stay-at-home orders remained in place.

House Bill 666, if passed, would not restrict users as to how many drinks they may purchase from a restaurant and would also allow third-party delivery services such as DoorDash and Uber Eats to deliver alcoholic drinks.

By Jacob Smith

The Portsmouth Daily Times

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