On May 21, Gov. Wolf signed HB 327 into law. Now Act 21 of 2020, it takes effect immediately. The infographic below explains the provisions of the bill. Licensees are also required to post a notice to customers regarding transporting their cocktails to go. SAMPLE NOTICE
Licensees serving cocktails-to-go must obtain an ID scanner by July 20. You can find options on our website here (see ID Checking/Scanning section).
What does 60% capacity mean? Does it mean 60% of the average monthly sales for a year prior to COVID?
The 60% capacity is your seating occupancy. Once you can operate at 60% of your seating occupancy, then cocktails-to-go is no longer permitted.
Can I sell multiple 64-ounce containers to the same customer?
Yes but in separate transactions.
What if four people came in together? Do they each qualify for 64 ounces?
Yes, but you would need to process four separate transactions. The maximum you can sell in one transaction is 64 ounces.
Does the customer have to "drive" away?
There is no rule a customer needs to be in a car. Whatever the customer's means of transportation is acceptable, whether it's walk-up, bicycle, scooter, etc.
Would a martini or Manhattan be permitted?
If there is no mixer in the drink, then the answer is no. A slash of olive juice in that martini could count as a non-alcoholic mixer.
Can we sell wine to-go under the cocktails-to-go bill?
You cannot sell wine to go unless you have the wine expanded permit.
What about sangria?
This bill specifies the mix of a spirit and a non-alcoholic item. Wine is not a spirit. If you have an wine extended permit, you could sell sangria.
Can you further explain what a transaction scan device is?
It's an ID scanner, which you use to scan an ID to verify the ID is legitimate and the age is right. There are apps that can be downloaded to phones and tablets for the ID scanner.