Ayala Outdoor Refreshments Area Bill to Help Small Businesses and Localities Unanimously Passes Senate

Delegate Hala Ayala’s bill will support and strengthen small businesses and localities as they recover from the COVID crisis.

WOODBRIDGE, VA - Delegate Hala Ayala’s legislation, HB 2266, to create outdoor refreshments areas in the Commonwealth unanimously passed out of the Senate today. This bill will allow localities to create outdoor refreshments areas that will permit open-carry of alcoholic beverages in authorized areas, which will help small businesses, restaurants, and our tourism industry recover from the pandemic.

“More than 1 in 4 small businesses have closed in our Commonwealth during COVID-19, and many more are struggling,” said Ayala. “HB 2266 will help our small businesses and localities recover from COVID-19 and come out of this crisis even stronger. Thank you to my colleagues--Delegate Lamont Bagby, Delegate Jeff Bourne, Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, and Delegate Martha Mugler--for working with me to pass this important legislation.” 

In addition to HB 2266, the Senate unanimously passed Ayala’s bill to require public health and safety training yesterday. They will consider several other bills of Ayala’s, including legislation to expand access to broadband and to create a plan to assemble a Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Team.