North Carolina Gov. Cooper signs executive order allowing to-go, delivery for mixed beverages

A glass of martini on the bar counter of a elegant restaurant
Posted at 4:44 PM, Dec 21, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. - Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Monday authorizing the North Carolina ABC Commission to allow the delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to on-site consumption.

The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday and lasts through January 31, 2021.

“This order will help people avoid settings that can contribute to increased viral spread while giving restaurants and bars a financial boost that they need right now,” said Gov. Cooper. “With cases and hospitalizations high around the country, let’s all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 while supporting local, small businesses safely.”

Under this order, establishments holding certain permits from the ABC Commission - including restaurants, hotels, private clubs, private bars and some distilleries - will be allowed to sell mixed beverages to-go or for delivery. These businesses, delivery service providers that contract with these businesses, and anyone who purchases mixed beverages to go must follow the restrictions in the order and any additional restrictions and guidance established by the ABC Commission.

The modified stay-at-home order remains in effect, and the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption must still stop at 9 p.m. Businesses subject to the order may continue to sell mixed beverages for off-site consumption until their business closes and in accordance with other applicable laws and regulations.

You can read the full executive order here.

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