Although things are starting to return to normal as of June 15th (see blog post), loosened alcohol sales and consumption laws will remain in effect for the remainder of 2021.
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control provided various temporary allowances during COVID which included the ability to return purchased alcohol; allowances of off-sales purchases from on-sale retailers; purchasing “to-go” premixed alcoholic beverages; and acceptance of payment at delivery. In other words, it was easier for establishments to sell beer, wine, and pre-mixed cocktails/drinks for pick-up and delivery.
These loosened restrictions are expected to assist restaurants badly hurt by the pandemic, because they can continue to expand outdoor operations in areas such as sidewalks and parking lots, and can continue the sale of to-go alcoholic beverages with food deliveries.
Furthermore, if these allowances continue to be popular, the legislature has pondered keeping some of them permanent, which would be greatly endorsed by current restaurants and breweries.
For more details see the CA Press Release, or contact the Burton Law Firm at 916.822.8700.