Cocktails to-go now legal in Illinois

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 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – Bi-partisan legislation allowing the sale of cocktails for pickup and delivery has been signed into law in Illinois.

“Restaurants and bars are beloved businesses in so many of our communities and also some of the hardest hit from the COVD-19 pandemic,” Gov. JB Pritzker said. “This legislation will provide these businesses with a critical tool to bring in additional income until they can safely and fully reopen their doors once more. As we move forward, I am fully committed to taking every action available to us and pursuing all resources at the state and federal level to support this critical industry.”

Cocktails can only be delivered in a sealed, labeled container with a tamper-evident cap or seal by an employee of the liquor license holder who is over the age of 21 and trained in responsible alcohol service. Cocktails may not be delivered via a third party delivery app.

Cocktails can only be delivered after an employee verifies the age as well as the level of intoxication of the consumer.

The legislation also delays late fees and license fees for liquor licenses for businesses and establishes automatic liquor license renewal approval and extension for any license holder whose business or operations have been suspended in any capacity due as a result of COVID-19.

The late filing fee waiver applies for 6 months and the license extensions lasts for 120 days, after the latter of:

  • the day the region moves to Phase 4, or
  • the day after the expiration of the latest EO that limits or interrupts business, or
  • the day after the expiration of any rules from DPH or other agencies.

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