It's no secret that bars and restaurants have been struggling during COVID-19. With new health directives that include fewer people, face coverings and other things, many are struggling just to stay afloat.
In a post on Twitter, the owners of Quarters Arcade Bar in downtown Salt Lake City called on Governor Gary Herbert to allow the sale of "to-go" cocktails in Utah, like other states have done.
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
It sparked a big response on social media, including the hashtag #SaveUtahBars and an online petition that is generating steam with the goal of legalizing the sale of sealed containers of cocktails and other liquor law changes.
On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast," Quarters owners Katy Willis and Michael Eccleston talk about what they want to see changed, and how they think it'll fare on Capitol Hill where Utah's notoriously strict liquor laws are crafted.