Connecticut restaurant owners urge lawmakers to extend 'to-go' drinks for another 3 years

Gov. Ned Lamont enacted an executive order that allowed bars and restaurants to deliver cocktails to customers' homes during the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Feb 5, 2021, 1:02 AM

Updated 1,163 days ago

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Restaurant and brewery owners in Connecticut attended a virtual hearing Thursday and urged lawmakers to extend the state's allowance of "to-go" drinks for another three years.
Gov. Ned Lamont enacted an executive order that allowed bars and restaurants to deliver cocktails to customers' homes during the pandemic. However, the order is set to expire in April.
Renato Donzelli, of Basso Restaurant & Wine Bar, says his restaurant has been hit badly by the pandemic. Being able to deliver cocktails has been helpful.
"I believe it's a good idea," says Donzelli. "People can enjoy their cocktails at the safety of their house."
Norm McDonald, of Twelve Percent Beer Project, says the order helped keep staff working.
"It enabled us to keep our bar staff employed as delivery drivers where otherwise we would've had to let them go," says McDonald.
A group representing convenience stores says extending the order is "unwarranted given statewide vaccinations are expected to largely be completed this summer and fall."
Lamont says he supports extending the to-go alcohol sales another three years.


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