Governor says California restaurants may continue to consume alcohol after pandemic


On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom outside Tommy’s Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. Courtesy of the Governor’s Office

Restaurants across California will be able to continue to provide a cost-effective service that evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic – the sale of take-out alcoholic beverages – Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday

Newsom also said the state will also encourage local jurisdictions to allow restaurants and bars to continue to operate outdoors on sidewalks and in parking lots, although these operations are still subject to local zoning regulations.

The governor made the announcement during a visit to Tommy’s Mexican restaurant in San Francisco.

“California restaurants help create the vibrant and diverse communities that make California the envy of the world,” Newsom said. “As the state turns to post-pandemic life, we will continue to adapt best practices that have helped businesses improve the customer experience. “

Al fresco dining and the sale of take-out alcoholic beverages emerged during the pandemic in an effort to help restaurants struggling to survive under strict COVID regulations, which have forced indoor restaurants to close. During months.

Newsom noted that if take-out liquor sales can continue, those sales will need to be coupled with food purchases.

The extended rules announced by the governor will also allow bars to continue to partner with food trucks, catering companies or restaurants to sell meals with alcoholic beverages.

“With new opportunities and support for businesses large and small, and the Californian spirit that has guided us over the past year, we will come back roaring from this pandemic,” Newsom said.

The California Republican Party scoffed at Newsom’s announcement, seeing it as a hollow gesture to an industry that “has suffered more than most of Gavin Newsom’s bossy shutdowns.”

City News Service contributed to this article.

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