Massachusetts restaurants allowed to sell takeout cocktails

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A waitress seats customers at a restaurant with outdoor dining on a section of street closed to traffic to promote social distancing, Friday, July 17, 2020, in Somerville, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — Restaurants in Massachusetts can now sell cocktails with takeout food orders, a key measure that will allow many establishments to stay in business during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has been allowing restaurants in the state to sell takeout cocktails ever since May 9. 

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed legislation that allows restaurants to sell mixed drinks in closed containers during the pandemic state of emergency, or until Feb. 28, whichever is later.

The state earlier during the crisis allowed beer and wine sales with takeout orders.

Sen. Diana DiZoglio proposed allowing cocktail sales.

“While many mom and pop establishments have been able to slowly reopen in recent weeks, they still face significant challenges in their efforts to retain employees and pay their bills,” the Methuen Democrat said in a statement. “According to our local, family-owned and operated restaurants, these measures could help them generate thousands of dollars a month and would greatly assist them in paying utility bills and rent.”

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