California Gov. Gavin Newsom announces that California will continue allowing to-go cocktails and expanded outdoor dining even after COVID restrictions are lifted on June 15.
Newsom shared the announcement during a news conference:
“The pandemic may be going away…
but your to-go cocktails don’t have to!
CA will now allow to-go cocktails and outdoor dining expansions to stay after we fully reopen on June 15th.”
Earlier in 2020, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control relaxed restrictions on business selling to-go cocktails with food deliveries.
Newsom continued that outdoor dining experiences will continue through at least the end of 2021 which allows restaurants and bars to use sidewalks and parking lots.
help create the vibrant and diverse communities that
make California the envy of the world…
“…As the state turns to post-pandemic life, we’ll continue to adapt best practices that have helped businesses transform customer experience for the better,” said Newsom. “With new opportunities and support for businesses large and small, and the California can-do spirit that has carried us through the past year, we will come roaring back from this pandemic.”
Newsom urged local governments to support outdoor dining through local zoning and programs that support and promote expanded open-air, take-out and delivery options.