Texas Legislature Passes Bill to Make Cocktails To-Go Permanent

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AUSTIN, Texas (Nexstar) – On Wednesday, Texas Legislature passed HB 1024 which allows cocktails to-go permanent.

This bill supports hospitality businesses that were negatively affected by COVID-19 and creating convenience to consumers.

Since, June 2020 an executive order issued by Governor Greg Abbott allows for both resturants and bars in Texas to sell cocktails to-go.

“Bars and restaurants in Texas have leaned on cocktails to-go throughout the pandemic as a lifeline to keep their doors open and generate revenue,” said Kristi Brown, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Senior Director of State Government Relations. “Now, the legislature has taken action to make this critical measure permanent and provide long-term support for Texas businesses. We thank Governor Abbott for being a vocal supporter of cocktails to-go and encourage him to sign this bill as soon as possible and make the business- and consumer-friendly measure permanent in Texas.”

HB 1024 bill is making its way to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature in permanently requiring cocktails to-go to be sold in a sealed, tamper-proof container with the accompaniment of food.

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