In a memo yesterday about aid to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Alcohol Control temporarily allowed retailers to sell take-away alcoholic beverages. This removes a ban that restaurants and bars previously imposed on selling alcohol only in-house.
Bars can sell prepackaged liquid containers such as pre-mixed drinks, cocktails, beer or wine to customers when the drink is bought with a meal. If you sell an alcoholic drink to go, you need to put it in a container with a lid or cap without a swill hole or opening for a straw.
While the notice temporarily lifted a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages, it had no effect on the state's open carry laws. If you want to pick up a drink and drive home to enjoy it at a socially safe distance, you need to put the drink in the trunk. Not the storage compartment or glove compartment. You also cannot consume alcohol in public or in areas where open containers are prohibited.
Other relief efforts include the ability for retailers to sell alcohol through drive-through windows or pull-out trays. This applies until further notice.