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CHP reminding residents the rules for buying alcohol to-go

Posted at 8:06 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 11:08:41-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — California has eased the rules on restaurants selling alcoholic beverages for pickup to delivery, but there are some rules.

The California Highway Patrol is reminding residents that buying and picking-up alcohol from restaurants must be done so in a very specific way.

When picking up alcoholic beverages to-go, precautions include:

  • If the alcohol is packaged by the restaurant, the container must be secured. This means, no sipping hole or hole for straw readily available.
  • The container must be transported in the vehicle’s trunk; or, if there is no trunk, the container may be kept in some other area of the vehicle that is not normally occupied by the driver or passengers (which does not include a utility compartment or glove box (Vehicle Code 23225).
  • f the alcohol comes packaged by the manufacturer, and not opened, the alcohol can be transported in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

The state has also lifted its ban on alcohol sold at drive-thru windows.
Restaurants with full liquor licenses are permitted to sell drinks to go as well as pre-packaged beer, wine and spirits.