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Gov. Pritzker approves ‘shot and a beer’ promotion, cocktails-to-go extension


(WSIL) -- Businesses serving alcohol can now offer up a free drink to vaccinated patrons under a new law signed by Governor JB Pritzker Wednesday. The measure also extends businesses’ ability to sell cocktails for pickup and delivery.  

“Not only will the vaccine protect you from getting sick — your free COVID-19 shot can now get you a free shot of your choosing or whatever drink suits your palate,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “I’m pleased to sign this legislation into law to offer our hardest-hit businesses another lifeline as we recover from the pandemic.”  

To advance public health goals and help bring customers back to restaurants and bars, the new law allows retailers to offer adults a free alcoholic beverage with proof of vaccination, now through July 20, 2021.

It also extends businesses’ ability to sell cocktails for pickup and delivery, which was popularized during the pandemic and helped businesses make ends meet. 

Senate Bill 104 takes effect immediately. 

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Kenzie Dillow is the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at News 3 WSIL. She joined the team in 2016 as a video editor, moved into a Producer role in 2017 and took over the SMDCM position in 2021. Kenzie graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Sports Broadcasting and a minor in Advertising.

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