Pa. Liquor Control Board, state police developing guidelines for to-go drinks

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday said he will sign the bill allowing licensed restaurants and hotels to offer curbside cocktails or mixed drinks to-go no later than Friday. Even though it's not legal for businesses to sell mixed drinks yet, some are already doing it.

Some business owners are offering cocktails to-go already, but it's illegal until the governor gives the green light.

“Those people, if something happens, somebody gets into an accident, the Dram Shop coverage — which is essentially the liquor liability coverage, the third party liquor liability coverage — that can be denied because they weren't supposed to be doing that anyway,” said William Shewan, an attorney who specializes in Pennsylvania liquor laws.

He said owners of businesses that are planning to add cocktails to their to-go menus when the law does go into place should contact their insurance provider to let them know about it.

According to Wolf's office, procedure and enforcement guidelines are currently in development by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the Pennsylvania State Police.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said the state now has a total of 64,412 positive cases and 4,767 deaths.