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LCB to discuss to-go alcohol rules

The Liquor and Cannabis Board will be hosting an online listening session on Aug. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. to gather public comment on conceptual draft rules for temporary to-go sales of alcohol. 

In May 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking off, businesses in Washington state were allowed to begin selling cocktails and alcohol to-go. This Legislative session, HB 1480 was approved, which allows takeout, curbside or delivery sales of alcoholic drinks to continue through July 1, 2023. 

This applies to cocktails and wine by the glass, growlers, and other alcohol products. 

Conceptual draft rules provided on the Liquor and Cannabis Board’s website include regulations around packaging, who can deliver alcohol, and the quantities that can be sold. 

In addition, the Board must contract with an independent organization to conduct a study of alcohol to-go. This study must look at the impact of liquor sales, health care visits for alcohol-related causes, underage drinking, alcoholism and motor vehicle crashes. 

This study must be started by Jan. 1, 2022 and a report provided to the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee by Dec. 1, 2022.

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