SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – To help business owners that have suffered due to temporary closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, recently supported a measure to allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol in delivery and pickup orders.
“Business owners, especially those in the hospitality industry like our locally owned bars and restaurants, have really been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mussman. “This new law will serve as a lifeline to these establishments. Allowing the sale of alcohol in delivery and to-go orders will help increase their sales and ultimately help increase their bottom line and help them stay afloat during this uncertain time.”
Mussman supported House Bill 2682, a new law also known as “cocktails to-go.” This measure will allow establishments that have a liquor license to sell mixed cocktails for pickup and delivery in tamper-evident sealed containers. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, restaurants have seen an 80% downturn in normal operations and a severe loss of jobs statewide. This new law passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support before being signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker on June 2.
“Passing this new law was important to support local business owners and give a much-needed boost to our struggling economy,” continued Mussman. “I will continue fighting for our small business owners and others that are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis.”
Mussman represents the 56th District, which contains portions of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Roselle, Rolling Meadows and Palatine.