Businesses intensify effort to include alcohol along with takeaway food items

Restaurants and bars, much like many sectors in the economy affected by COVID-19, contiunue to reel from loss of revenue. Unsurprisingly, a major component of said revenue is the sale of alcoholic beverages. Many in the industry locally are lobbying Minnesota’s lawmakers to make takeout/curbside sales of alcoholic beverages from establishments an essential function.

Under the proposal, restaurants and bars could provide up to two bottles of takeaway wine and 144 ounces of beer, or roughly a dozen 12 ounce cans of beer or nine 16 ounce cans. Restaurants would be required to serve food with the takeaway wine and beer and everything would have to be sold in a closed container. The bill would not allow takeaway mixed drinks after industry groups expressed concerns about the safety of open containers…

I say go for it. As long as there are no open containers. It’s all about okaying actions that can only have a positive effect on the local economy, while going about it as safely as possible. One step at a time.

Michael L. Douglas @doctorpundit

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