More States Loosen Limits on Alcohol Delivery

States are allowing retailers to continue alcohol deliveries post-coronavirus.

June 12, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio.—Since COVID-19, 34 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have allowed for on-demand alcohol delivery, ABC News reports. Across the country, more states are making alcohol takeout and delivery permanent as stay-at-home edicts are lifted. Illinois has passed a bill that would keep its emergency to-go order for alcohol in place for an extra year, while New Jersey has added six months after the pandemic ends to its alcohol delivery law.

Washington’s mayor would like to make the change permanent in the nation’s capital, while the Texas governor is interested in doing the same. A New York lawmaker will soon introduce a bill that would add two years after COVID-19 emergency orders are lifted to the state’s alcohol delivery measure.

Notably, the Ohio House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow the sale of to-go cocktails to continue beyond coronavirus pandemic restrictions, WJW-TV reports. The Ohio Senate is now considering the measure.

The Ohio Senate recently approved a bill that would let makers of alcoholic ice cream ship their products to convenience, grocery and liquor stores, reports. The Ohio House is also taking a look at that measure.

In Colorado, a proposal would let to-go cocktails and alcohol delivery to continue through July 2022, the Reporter-Herald reports. The Colorado Restaurant Association said 87% of state restaurants made money from delivered cocktails.

Meanwhile, alcohol delivery company Drizly expanded its services to Chattanooga, Tenn., the Times Free Press reports. The service will deliver wine, spirits and beer in under an hour. In Oklahoma, curbside sales and home delivery by grocers, liquor stores and restaurants is now permissible, KTUL-TV reports.

In Louisiana, a bill before Gov. John Bel Edwards would allow for third-party delivery services to deliver alcohol, WWL-TV reports. Previously, only grocery and liquor stores and restaurants could deliver alcohol if done so with their own employees.

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