‘Drinks on Us’: Participating CT restaurants, bars offering free drinks with proof of vaccination


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As part of an incentive to getting a COVID-19 vaccine, the state created a deal with participating restaurants and bars in Connecticut to provide free drinks.

From May 19 through May 31, people with proof they are vaccinated against COVID will be offered a drink on the house. It’s part of a program called “CT DRINKS ON US.” A food purchase is required.

Drinks can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

“Could be a lemonade, could be a cool frosty. Probably not their high price champagne, but we’re doing everything we can to give you an incentive so that if you’ve been vaccinated, come on in,” said Gov. Ned Lamont.

If you are a patron of a restaurant and your entire party can show proof of being vaccinated, each person is eligible for a free drink.

The Executive Director of the CT Restaurant Association Scott Dolch added, “We’re talking about it’s kind of a ‘thank you’. Like, we wouldn’t have this date if it wasn’t for everybody pitching in and helping our industry, but also going to get the vaccine because they know it’s helping us protect the most vulnerable, and get us back to a sense of normalcy again this summer.”

If you’re a restaurant and want to participate, sign up now by visiting www.ctrestaurant.org/drinksonus.

Once registered, restaurants can determine which of their drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) they will offer to guests as part of the promotion. CT Restaurant Assoc. asks participating restaurants “to provide at least one non-alcoholic option, but can include as many different choices for patrons as they choose.”

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So far, around 66% of adults across Connecticut have their first dose of the COVID vaccine. More than 1.2 million people in CT have been fully vaccinated.

Click here for a full list of restaurants that are participating in “CT Drinks on Us”.

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