In a move more unexpected than Kevin Garnett acting in an indie film, Governor Baker passed a bill on June 20th that now allows Massachusetts bars and restaurants to sell cocktails to go. Before you get too excited, no, Newbury won’t look like Bourbon Street anytime soon - but it’s still progress for our Puritanical state. In case you don’t want to read the government speak in Bill S.2812, we’re here to break things down for you.
What does the new bill mean for cocktails?
Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses can now sell mixed drinks to go as part of their takeout and delivery options.
Is there a limit for drinks?
Each customer can purchase up to two drinks, or up to 64 ounces in total. We’re not entirely sure where that limit came from - a 32 ounce Negroni sure seems large.
Do I have to order food as well?
Yes. All drinks must be ordered with food, but purchasing a Choco-Taco with your margarita counts.
Can I drink cocktails outside?
Massachusetts still has a ban on public drinking, which means that alcohol can only be consumed in a private residence or in a place with a liquor license.
What are the rules for transporting drinks?
All cocktails must come in a sealed container, and they have to be transported in a “non-passenger” area of the car. That means it has to sit in the trunk - though maybe strapping it down on the roof would also qualify.
How long will this bill be in place?
The bill will be active until the state of emergency is lifted, which presumably will be during Phase 4 of the reopening plan. Phase 4 will occur when there are appropriate therapeutics or a vaccine for COVID-19.
I just want some wine and beer.