Cocktails for Hope | Cocktails To-Go

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Tens of thousands of independent restaurants closed their doors in the fight against COVID-19.  In just a matter of days, millions of restaurant industry workers in America lost their jobs. How will these workers pay rent, care for children, and feed themselves and their families? And what will happen to the independent businesses— the diners, bars, cafes, and restaurants— that make our towns and cities so special? 

States across America have started implementing new laws to alleviate restrictions on alcohol sales. Illinois authorized delivery of packaged goods, but it is not enough:

"Including all sales of beer pursuant to 235 ILCS 5/6-6.5 (growlers/crowlers), all Temporary Deliveries shall be made in the original container. Licensees are not authorized to sell or deliver pre-mixed cocktails normally intended for on-premises consumption (e.g. pre-mix margaritas, sangrias)."

We need the State of Illinois to allow bars and restaurants with on-premise licenses to sell their carefully crafted cocktails as a way to increase revenue during these trying times.

Governor JB Pritzker has the power to allow bars and restaurants to sell their signature cocktails for delivery and pickup.

Please join me in signing this petition and in calling, writing letters, posting on social media until we are heard.

Here is a sample letter:

Governor Pritzker,

Thank you for your efforts to support small businesses such as restaurants and bars who have temporarily shuttered due to COVID-19. You have had to make many difficult choices over these past weeks; we see and appreciate the steps you are taking during this trying time for everybody. 

Allowing businesses to sell pre-packaged alcohol helps, but it is not enough. We also ask that you updated on-premise privileges for licensed businesses to allow bars and restaurants to sell mixed beverages in sealed containers for curbside pickup and delivery. This won't fix everything, but it offers a glimmer of hope and something that can help keep the lights on for small businesses right now.

Thank you.

NEXT STEP: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/maps/

Follow this link and find your state representatives and state senators. Call them. Read the above message to them. They need to hear us -- they need to hear it from you.

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