DENVER, CO– Governor Polis today signed Representative Dylan Roberts’ bipartisan bill to extend the period of time during which restaurants and bars can offer takeout and delivery of alcoholic beverages.
“Many of our state’s restaurants and bars relied on the extra revenue from to-go and delivery alcohol to keep their doors open and employees working,” said Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, sponsor of HB21-1027 and Chair of the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee. “This COVID-era rule worked well and we know that the recovery for restaurants will take longer than temporary rules so making this innovation legal for years to come was a legislative priority and we got it done. Today we delivered a win for this critical, job-creating industry that has been through so much in the past year. Not only will this new law allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol to-go for many more years to come, but it will give towns the option to create communal consumption areas that will boost local economies and help Colorado forge a lasting recovery.”
Under a current law also sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts, certain liquor licensees like bars, restaurants, and brewpubs may sell alcohol as part of takeout and delivery orders through July 1, 2021. HB21-1027, which is also sponsored by Representative Colin Larson, allows these establishments to continue using this critical tool for an additional four years and also allows them to apply for a license to establish a communal consumption area, extending a tool many communities have already embraced to remain afloat throughout the pandemic.