I guess some good really did come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ability to take alcohol to-go became wildly popular among Coloradans during the pandemic - now, Coloradans and visitors alike can enjoy the convenience of to-go booze from restaurants for another four years.

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New Law Extended

On Tuesday (June 22), Gov. Jared Polis signed law HB21-1027 into effect at Northside Kitchen in Avon after the law passed the state House and Senate. The new law authorizes the continued sale of alcohol for takeout and delivery for the next four years, at least until 2025.

Under the new law, licensed businesses can sell customers up to two 750-milliliter bottles of wine, up to 144 ounces of malt liquors or hard cider, and up to one 750-milliliter bottle of spirits for delivery or takeout from 7 a.m. to midnight every day.

A new outdoor dining program was also created under the law, allowing restaurants to continue serving alcohol in communal outdoor dining areas as long as it's approved by both local and state licensing agencies.

The new law is an extension of Polis’ emergency executive order during the COVID-19 pandemic, which allowed restaurants to sell to-go booze while indoor dining was shut down or restricted.

Sonia Riggs, president and CEO of the the Colorado Restaurant Association said in a statement that the new law will help Colorado restaurants start to recover from the $3 billion in revenue they lost in 2020:

“Selling alcohol to-go beverages gives restaurants the opportunity to serve customers where they are and provides a revenue stream that gives restaurants a fighting chance at survival”.

The newly signed law will take effect once the most recent order expires - which is expected at the end of this month - and will remain in effect until July 1, 2025.

 

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