Gov. Tom Wolf today signed House Bill 327, now Act 21 of 2020, allowing
the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go from bars, restaurants or hotels
with a liquor license. The law takes effect immediately.
“This new temporary rule creates more business for bars and restaurants
when they need it, helps to meet customer demand and supports social
distancing,” said Gov. Wolf. “As we approach the holiday weekend, I
encourage all Pennsylvanians to remember to drink responsibly.”
The law applies to bars, restaurants and hotels that have lost 25
percent of average monthly total sales during the COVID-19 emergency.
The beverages must be sold in containers with a secure lid in quantities
from 4 oz. to 64 oz. before 11 p.m. An additional seal is required on
the straw opening of a lid. Within 60 days, bars and restaurants must
use a transaction scan device to verify a consumer’s age if the person
appears to be younger than 35 years of age.
“Our local restaurants are working hard to feed our communities during
this difficult time,” said state Rep. Perry Warren. “Act 21 both
streamlines the process for residents to decide whether to permit
alcohol sales in a ‘dry’ municipality and allows restaurants to add
another product for their customers for curbside pickup and takeout
during this crisis. I thank Gov. Wolf and my colleagues on both sides of
the aisle for supporting this bill.”
The temporary rule expires after the COVID-19 disaster emergency ends and a business reaches 60 percent capacity.
Pennsylvania’s open container law applies. View additional information
from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board at