SALT LAKE CITY — A popular bar in Salt Lake City is asking Utah Governor Gary Herbert to reconsider the state's alcoholic beverage laws to help businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quarters, a popular arcade bar located in Downtown Salt Lake off of 400 S. and Main St., said in a tweet Saturday that Utah should follow suit and allow the to-go sale of alcohol.
Bars & Restaurants are struggling & we need more flexibility for our businesses to adapt to our current situation. I ask @GovHerbert to allow the sale of to-go beer & cocktails as other states have done. This is a pro-business move that will help small business & preserve jobs— Quarters Arcade Bar (@QuartersSLC) July 4, 2020
The tweet came after Utah reported 676 new COVID-19 cases in the state on Saturday. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Utah to 24,524.
At the end of June, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control relaxed some rules, allowing businesses to serve alcoholic drinks on temporary patios.
Twitter users came out in support of the bar, urging Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to consider changing alcohol rules:
I’ve been talking about this for months! This would help a lot of our favorite bars in Utah during these times.— Fei_ (@FEIDIANJUN) July 4, 2020
Despite the calls for laws to be changed by the governor, the Utah State Legislature would need to be involved for all alcoholic beverages to be sold to-go by businesses.