Texas restaurants able to deliver alcohol for now due to COVID-19

Gov. Abbott waives certain restrictions on restaurant alcohol permits

Talk 1370 Newsroom
March 19, 2020 - 8:33 am
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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- With many restaurants across the state forced to move to take-out and delivery only in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is making it easier for customers to enjoy alcoholic beverages with their to-go meal.

Abbott issued a waiver late Wednesday that allows restaurants who already have a mixed beverage permit to sell beer, wine, or mixed drinks for delivery, as long as they are accompanied by food purchased from the restaurant.

"The State of Texas is committed to supporting retailers, restaurants, and their employees," Abbott said. "These waivers will allow restaurants to provide enhanced delivery options to consumers during this temporary period of social distancing."

Abbott also instructed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to allow manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages to repurchase or sell back unopened product. The move allows vendors to repurchase excess inventory from restaurants, bars, and clubs affected by event cancellations due to COVID-19.

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