SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois restaurants and bars have been cleared to serve "cocktails to go."
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill last week, passed by both houses of the legislature nearly two weeks ago.
Under the rules, alcoholic beverages can be sold to customers in pickup and delivery orders, and must be served in a sealed container with a tamper-proof lid.
Drivers delivering and picking up mixed drinks must store them in a trunk or other compartment inaccessible to them while operating the vehicle.
The initiative is one designed by lawmakers to provide businesses with financial relief in the wake of COVID-19.
In a news release after the signing, Pritzker called it "a critical tool" to bring in additional income, "until they can safely and fully reopen their doors once more."
Those working for third-party delivery services, including DoorDash and GrubHub, cannot bring residents the cocktails to go.
The law, set to expire one year from Tuesday, additionally postpones late fees and liquor license fees for restaurants and bars. It also authorizes a license extension for any establishment that suffered business interruptions due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In Du Quoin, the city council already pushed the deadline for liquor license renewals to Nov. 1, to give businesses a break from having to pony up for a license before they could get back on their feet.
House Bill 2682 was sent to the governor by the General Assembly on May 29 after passing both chambers on a bipartisan basis near-unanimously six days earlier.