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California extends cocktails-to-go and outdoor dining rules

Businesses in California will still be able to offer to-go drinks to help restaurants and bars emerge from the pandemic.

Newsom signed a bill that will extend to-go cocktails and outdoor dining expansion in California.

Posted: Oct 8, 2021 2:21 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is moving to extend the sale of cocktails to-go and keep alcohol service for outdoor dining at parklets as it aims to help restaurants recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Two of the three bills Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Friday extend outdoor dining permits and alcohol sales for a year after the state of emergency ends.

That gives businesses time to seek permanent permission.

The third allows restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries that sell food to offer to-go alcoholic beverages with food orders through 2026.

Associations representing restaurants and the distilled spirits industry praised the signing.

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