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Governor OKs cocktails-to-go as bars face second shutdown

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission issued a notice over the weekend that the governor had expanded alcohol laws and would allow bars to sell mixed drinks in takeout orders, with some exceptions.


The new rules follow a second shutdown of bars—part of an executive order that also reduced restaurant capacity to 50%.

"The COVID-19 crisis has significantly impacted the alcoholic beverage industry, requiring new methods of operation to prevent the spread of the virus," the notice says. "As such, Governor Abbott has waived certain laws so businesses can adapt to new operating conditions."

Establishments can sell mixed drinks to go when:

  • Alcohol is accompanied by a food order prepared on the premises
  • The container is sealed with tape and placed in a bag sealed with a zip tie
  • The beverage is not transported in the passenger area of a motor vehicle

The guidelines specify that the beverages can be transported in the glove compartment, the trunk or behind the last upright seat of the car.

See the full guidelines here.

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