Massachusetts Senate passes to-go cocktail bill

WNYT Staff
Updated: July 14, 2020 10:02 AM
Created: July 14, 2020 10:02 AM

The Massachusetts House and Senate have both passed different versions of the to-go cocktail bill.

Now they will have to reach an agreement on the bill's language before sending it to the governor.


The Senate's bill would allow restaurants to sell mixed drinks in sealed containers alongside takeout and delivery orders.

The bar and restaurant industry has been pushing for this since the beginning of the pandemic.

Senator Jo Comerford spoke with NewsChannel 13’s NBC affiliate in Massachusetts.  

"This has been an ongoing conversation about what the Commonwealth can and should do for our small restaurants, our large restaurants. How do we help them compete in this unforgivably complex time?" Comerford said.

The House’s version would allow people to order cocktails to-go.  

Both bills differ on how long the to-go cocktail option should last.

The House and Senate have until the end of July to reach an agreement before the session ends.

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