“The hospitality industry has faced severe financial instability due to the COVID-19 crisis, with small, family-owned bars and restaurants being among some of the hardest hit,” said Hernandez. “Allowing business owners to sell to-go alcoholic drinks will not only help our local bars and restaurants increase their bottom line, but also give a much-needed boost to the economy.”
Hernandez supported House Bill 2682, which allows establishments with liquor licenses to sell cocktails and other mixed drinks for curbside pickup and delivery and must be sold in tamper-evident sealed containers. This measure requires all beverages be delivered by an employee who is at least 21 years old and prohibits sales of mixed drinks through third-party delivery services. Additionally, the new law delays renewal fees and late fees for liquor licenses holders and extends licenses through the end of the year to further support businesses who may have been suspended as a result of COVID-19 related closures. Hernandez’s bill received overwhelming bipartisan support, and was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on June 2.
“As we work to rebuild the economy, this law will serve as a lifeline for local business owners, all while ensuring efforts to put the health and safety of patrons and employees at the forefront,” said Hernandez. “I encourage all local residents to continue to support our local business owners safely during these trying times and going forward.”