Wisconsin bars, restaurants can sell cocktails to go

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bars and restaurants in Wisconsin as of Sunday have the ability to sell cocktails to go.

Gov. Tony Evers signed the bill into law Friday, but it didn’t take effect until it was published Sunday.

The bill won bipartisan approval in the Legislature. It allows for mixed drinks and glasses of wine to be sold to go as long as they have tamper-evident seals.

The drinks can be sold for pickup only, not delivery. More than 30 states have similar laws.

The Wisconsin Grocers Association and the Wisconsin Public Health Association were the only registered opponents to the measure. Supporters include groups representing the state’s tourism, hotel and lodging industries, bars and restaurants.

Supporters have been pushing for the law change for a year, saying it offers another way for bars and restaurants suffering from drops in attendance to get by during the pandemic.


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