Pa. may soon allow curbside cocktail pickup from restaurants marred by virus

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An emergency provision bill may soon allow customers to pick up to-go cocktails. The bill is on its way to the Pennsylvania Senate after passing the state House with overwhelming bipartisan support. 

State Rep. Perry Warren, who serves parts of Bucks County, said it started out as a liquor referendum bill. It was amended to temporarily include the sale of cocktail pickup orders from restaurants affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“That amendment, now bill, will allow licensed restaurants and hotels — that have lost at least 25% of their business during this COVID-19 emergency and are selling food — to also sell curbside cocktails,” he said, “mixed drinks in the amount of 4 ounces up to 64 ounces.”

As the bill's sponsor, Warren noted he's a bit of an outlier. 

“Something that is a bit ironic: I actually don’t drink alcohol,” noted Warren, but he said it’s not about him. The Democrat said it’s about helping the restaurants and residents get through this crisis.

The bill now goes to the state Senate. If it passes, it goes to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for approval.