DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) — The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) is reporting that cocktails to-go are permanent. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation HF 2540 to make permanent the temporary economic relief measure to respond to COVID-19. Iowa is the first state in the country to do this.
“Iowa’s hospitality businesses have suffered greatly due to the harsh financial impacts of COVID-19. Making cocktails to-go permanent provides a much-needed source of stability and revenue for local bars, restaurants and distilleries as they begin to recover. We thank Governor Reynolds and the legislature for supporting local businesses and their employees by making Iowa the first state to make a temporary cocktails to-go measure permanent. Iowa is leading the way and serving as a model for other states looking for innovative ways to boost struggling hospitality businesses.”Dale Szyndrowski, DISCUS Vice President of State Government Relations
Over 30 states (and the District of Columbia) are permitting restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go, bottled spirits to-go or both. Other states which includes Florida, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma and the District of Columbia are considering making their policies permanent during COVID-19.