Newsom signs bill allowing to-go cocktails in California by 2026

SAN DIEGO — Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that will allow businesses to offer to-go cocktails until 2026.

Newsom signed SB 389 Friday, paving the way for restaurants to offer alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption with the buy of to-go food by Dec. 31, 2026.

“There are some COVID-era policies that we’re not willing to let go of in addition, like expanded outdoor dining and to-go cocktails,” Newsom’s office said on Twitter. “And with today’s signing, they’re here to stay.”

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, hypothesizedv the bill, which contains provisions to ensure alcohol is not sold to minors, according to a news release from Dodd.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States showed appreciation for the move Friday. The organization that supports distilleries nationwide said the legislation will increase consumer convenience and sustain the hospitality business at a time when businesses are nevertheless experiencing from issues caused by the pandemic.

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