Local restaurants and bars are offering complimentary beverages this May to anyone who is partially or fully vaccinated.
The Connecticut Restaurant Association partnered with Gov. Ned Lamont to launch the #CTDrinksOnUs campaign. Beginning May 19, participating restaurants will offer anyone who presents a vaccination card with a free drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
Local restaurants on the list include Que Whiskey and Groggy Frog in Southington, and Tap & Vine and Pig Rig BBQ in Wallingoford.
The timing coincides with the governor’s plan to end all mandated business restrictions, as long as vaccination numbers continue to increase and COVID cases continue to decrease.
Nancy Montana, manager of Groggy Frogg, said it was important for the business to be part of the campaign.
“We just want our customers to feel safe while they’re here,” Montana said. “It’s a little incentive to go out and visit a restaurant that they maybe wouldn’t have in the last year and a half.”
The Southington bar’s options will include a glass of wine or a mixed drink.
Beginning April 1, residents 16 years old and older became eligible for the vaccine. As of April 29, 37.9 percent of residents ages 16 to 24 have received a first dose. A total of 11.6 percent of the same age group are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s website.
Mary Ellen Fillo, spokesperson for Que Whiskey, said the business wants to be a part of something that will keep customers and staff safe.
“I think people can agree there’s a push on the vaccinations and it’s for a positive reason,” Fillo said. “Whatever can get more people vaccinated, I think all kinds of businesses are jumping on board.”
Each participating restaurant has a pre-selected drink menu for the duration of the campaign, which is set to last through May. Drinks are limited to one per person and each customer must purchase food.
The state is continuously adding restaurants to the list. Any business that wants to participate must register on the state’s website.