Newly passed Illinois bill allows bars to give free drink to vaccinated customers – NBC Chicago
A bill passed by Illinois lawmakers over the weekend would allow bars and restaurants to hand out a free alcoholic beverage to patrons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The so-called “hit and a beer” provision is part of a bill that also allows bars and restaurants to serve take-out cocktails, a measure that has served as a lifeline for struggling businesses during the COVID-pandemic. 19.
The Illinois House passed Senate Bill 104 on Thursday. The Senate passed the final version of the bill on Sunday, sending it to Pritzker’s office. Pritzker has yet to say whether or not he plans to sign him.
The measure allows licensed establishments to give customers a free drink if they show proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine, as part of a promotional campaign to get the vaccine.
The measure, if promulgated, would not be valid until six months after its effective date.
The bill was introduced as officials say demand for vaccines has plummeted in Illinois and across the country, prompting health officials to expand reach and programs to reach those who do not have not yet received their vaccine or may be reluctant to do so.
Illinois “will reduce” the number of COVID vaccine doses it orders from the federal government each week, Governor JB Pritzker said on Monday, announcing a new program to deploy vaccination teams to workplaces and buildings commercial.
“Illinois, like the nation as a whole, has reached a point where, by and large, all of the people who were immediately keen to be vaccinated, have already been vaccinated,” Pritzker said.
“This means that instead of facing a shortage, forcing us to save every drop of vaccine and requiring the patience of everyone who wants to get vaccinated, we now have the vaccine available to everyone who wants to get vaccinated. get vaccinated, when they want one. That is why we can now expand the number and type of places where people can get vaccinated, ”he continued.
As of Monday, a total of 11,291,906 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Illinois since vaccinations began in December. State health officials also said Monday that more than 67% of all adults in Illinois had received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and more than 50% were now fully vaccinated.
The new bill to encourage the vaccine with a beverage promotion would not be the first time Illinois lawmakers have considered changing the state’s alcohol laws due to the pandemic.
Last year, the state house passed and Pritzker passed a law allowing restaurants and bars to sell mixed drinks and cocktails in take-out containers as establishments shut down indoor dining to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.