DENVER, CO– A bipartisan bill to support small businesses by extending the period of time during which restaurants and bars can offer takeout and delivery of alcoholic beverages passed the Business Affairs and Labor Committee today by a vote of 13-0.
“Offering alcohol for takeout and delivery during this pandemic has been a crucial lifeline for restaurants and small businesses in my community and around the state,” said Rep. Dylan Roberts, (D-Avon). “The hospitality and service industries were among the hardest hit by this pandemic and I’m determined to give them as many tools as possible to keep their doors open and employees working. We know for a fact that this privilege has been a crucial lifeline for many restaurants – it works and it’s just common sense to let them continue these sales for a few more years.”
Under a current law also sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts, certain liquor licensees like bars, restaurants, and gastropubs may sell alcohol as part of takeout and delivery orders through July 1, 2021. HB21-1027 allows these establishments to continue using this critical tool for an additional five years.