The Baltimore County Board of Liquor License Commissioners voted on July 12 to resume to-go cocktails for carryout or delivery with a limit of two drinks, effective immediately.
Restaurants, bars, and taverns in Baltimore County can now serve two drinks per delivery or take-out meal.
The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year that allows local liquor licensing boards to authorize businesses to sell and deliver to-go cocktails for two years.
To-go cocktails have been legal since the start of the pandemic when Governor Larry Hogan extended to-go privileges for the state’s bars and restaurants. The order that allowed to-go cocktails originally ended on July 1 when the state of emergency in Maryland ended.
“As we continue our recovery, we must do all we can to help our small businesses innovate and diversify their operations,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said in a statement.
The move to resume to-go cocktails came at no surprise as many restaurant owners argued to make the option permanent beyond the pandemic.
“To be able to pick up a restaurant-cooked meal with a cocktail that only bartenders can make or a pint of Guinness is a unique opportunity,” Anthony Clarke, owner of Galway Bay in Annapolis, Killarney House in Davidsonville, Pirates Cove in Galesville and Brian Boru in Severna Park told The Baltimore Sun.
Several jurisdictions including Baltimore County chose to pause to-go cocktails at the beginning of the month.
“This is another common sense step to support the continued recovery of this hard-hit industry and we applaud the board’s decision today,” said Olszewski.
Carroll and Harford Counties also paused to-go cocktails on July 1 and have meetings coming up Wednesday and July 28, respectively. Others like Howard county said they would continue allowing to-go cocktails until at least August 15--the last day for the state executive grace period.
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