A new Michigan Senate bill would designate social districts allowing for the public consumption of alcohol and allow bars and restaurants to deliver alcohol and offer curbside pickup.
The bills are offered by Sen. Jeff Irwin, who represents the City of Saline as part of his Washtenaw County district, and Sen. Mallory McMorrow, D-Royal Oak.
Irwin's SB 939 would make Michigan the 12th state to allow local municipalities to designate areas in which open containers of alcohol are permitted.
“I want our restaurants and bars to use every tool to survive this crisis,” Sen. Irwin said, according to a press release. “Allowing communities more flexibility to make local rules for beer and alcohol allows communities to reflect their values and their local public safety needs."
McMorrow's SB 938 would allow bars and restaurants to sell beer, wine, mixed spirit drinks or spirits for consumption via curbside or delivery.
“Restaurants typically make up to a third of their revenue from alcohol sales, and this bill will open up a critical tool to help our local bars and restaurants survive the long road ahead,” Sen. McMorrow said. “Residents could enjoy their favorite drink with their meal from the comfort of home, while restaurants and bars could increase their cash flow and, most importantly, keep staff employed.”