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Ohio House passes bill to make to-go alcohol sales permanent Staff




The Ohio House passed legislation Wednesday to permanently allow the sale of cocktails to-go from restaurants and bars in the state.

House Bill 669 was approved by lawmakers by a vote of 84-8. It will now head to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

The legislation had the backing of several groups, including the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, which said making cocktails to-go permanent in Ohio will “help generate much-needed revenue for hospitality businesses struggling to cope with the economic hardships caused by COVID-19.”

In April, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Ohio restaurants and bars could temporarily sell alcohol, including high-proof liquor in limited quantity, for carryout and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the temporary program, customers were able to purchase two prepackaged drinks per meal. House Bill 669 would not limit how many drinks can be sold.

The bill would also allow third-party delivery of alcohol, so companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats could also deliver alcoholic beverages.

33 states plus Washington D.C. are allowing alcohol to-go. Some of those states are also considering making it permanent.