Colorado leaders recently extended a temporary lifeline to the state’s restaurants. Restrictions that previously barred businesses from offering alcohol alongside take-out and delivery orders were suspended—a welcome revenue stream for struggling restaurants and a fresh option for consumers. As the state begins to reopen, these changes should be made permanent.

One in 10 Americans who currently utilize dine-out options from restaurants include alcohol with their orders. As consumers become more familiar with alcohol delivery options, these sales could multiply.

The benefits outweigh potential drawbacks.

Restaurant delivery platforms already direct drivers to follow the protocols of the typical bartender to prevent alcohol misuse. Age verification via government issued I.D. is standard procedure. Enforcement should be frequent and thorough.

Restaurant businesses are a staple of the Colorado economy—responsible for $14 billion in activity every year. Extending alcohol to-go options indefinitely will give restaurants needed help to jumpstart the Centennial State’s recovery. Policymakers, businesses and consumers alike can raise a glass in support.

JACKSON SHEDELBOWER
Communications Director
American Beverage Institute
Washington, D.C.

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