TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — As Maryland’s state of emergency ends Thursday the Baltimore County Board of Liquor License Commissioners announced that the temporary allowance of to-go cocktails will end Thursday too. But it might not be the end for the policy.

The board will hold a hearing July 12 to consider extending the to-go cocktail privileges. County Executive Johnny Olszewski said the extension could help pull local restaurants out of a pandemic slump.

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“As we continue to plan our post-pandemic recovery, we should support the efforts of our small businesses to innovate and diversify their offerings,” Olszewski said. “We’re proud to have already taken a number of steps to support our bars and restaurants. Continuing to-go cocktails would be another commonsense step to drive the continued recovery of this hard-hit industry.”

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Olszewski waived liquor license fees for the year in March to further help restaurants struggling in the pandemic.

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CBS Baltimore Staff