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Michigan is one step closer to allowing bars and restaurants to sell to-go and delivery cocktails.

Right now, Michigan residents are allowed to order an unopened bottle of wine or a growler of beer with their dinner when doing delivery or takeout. That’s not allowed with cocktails, though.

The new regulation would allow customers to order a cocktail to go with their takeout or delivery orders, as restaurants work stay afloat amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

On Wednesday (June 10), the Michigan Senate approved legislation that would take away that restriction, plus temporarily lower the cost of liquor prices from the Liquor Control Commission.

The new bill would also allow local governments to make special “social districts” where people 21 and over are allowed to purchase to-go drinks from adjacent bars and drink them off-site, if they stay in the designated area.

Now that the bill has passed the Senate, will be now go to the House, where there is already bipartisan support for the idea.

House Bills 5781 and 5811, which are similar initiatives, were approved by the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee last week.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal music, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings.