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To: Oregon State Legislatures
Legalize To-go cocktails in Oregon
During this pandemic, there have been a myriad of new rules and limits placed on small businesses, specifically bars and restaurants, most of which had little to no success in receiving any aid from the federal government. The hospitality industry is a massive part of our identity as a city in Portland and in Oregon as a whole. As bartenders, bar managers, servers, line cooks, bar backs, dishwashers, and bar owners we demand that State Legislatures give our industry every option available to support itself as this pandemic continues to challenge our country, and we demand that to-go cocktails be legalized to show a commitment to supporting our industry.
Why is this important?
The guidelines for operating during this pandemic while meant to keep us safe have made it even more challenging to operate. Even more troubling is the fact that a great many bars and restaurants simply will not be able to reopen during phase 1 or even phase 2 due to the size of many of these locations. Legalizing to go cocktails will give these business owners and hospitality workers the opportunity to continue supporting themselves from a business and personal stand point. It will assist in unburdening an already overstressed unemployment system and ensure that these hospitality professionals will be able to survive as we continue to learn how to manage our lives during COVID 19.