US states expand cocktails to-go laws

Thirteen US states have filed legislation to expand or make permanent takeaway cocktails, a move described as a ‘critical step’ in supporting the recovery of hospitality businesses. States including Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Virginia have filed bills to extend or make permanent cocktails to-go. In Kansas, lawmakers extended the state’s order permitting cocktails to-go until 31 March. The ruling was initially set to expire…

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Covid-19 claims nearly 6,000 hospitality venues

Almost 6,000 licensed venues in Britain were forced to permanently close in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, sparking urgent calls for more financial help to support businesses and the wider economic recovery. The latest Market Recovery Monitor data from CGA and Alix Partners showed the number of closures last year was almost three times higher than in 2019. Lockdowns contributed to a net decline of 5,975 sites in 2020, according to the report. Karl…

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Arizona bars overturn 10pm curfew

Bar owners in Tucson, Arizona, have won a court battle to overturn a 10pm curfew after arguing the measures had a ‘dire’ effect on local venues and were not backed by science. The owners of Tucson businesses including Cobra Arcade Bar, High Wire, The Maverick and Union Public House won a preliminary injunction, which immediately overturned Pima County’s mandatory 10pm curfew. The ruling by Pima County Superior Court overturned the measures ‘because the court finds…

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Lockdown leaves Scottish hospitality with £1.2bn of debt

Hospitality businesses in Scotland have accrued up to £1.2 billion (US$1.6bn) worth of debt since lockdown began in March, according to a trade association. The Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG) said its members have taken on more than £16 million (US$21m) in debt in order to stay afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic. Across Scotland’s 16,000 licensed premises, the industry could be carrying a debt burden of between £800m (US$1bn) and £1.2bn. It is expected that this…

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Women of the Vine & Spirits creates Badass Bartender

Leading membership organisation Women of the Vine & Spirits has created a free, private Facebook group for female bartenders in response to the Covid-19 pandemic – Badass Bartender. Community members will be able to receive access to resources courtesy of Women of the Vine & Spirits, such as live Zoom chats, networking opportunities and career advice materials. Deborah Brenner, founder and CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits, said: “Women have been disproportionately affected by…

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