Executive Order allows for to-go or delivery sales for mixed beverages

Published: Dec. 21, 2020 at 4:16 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 21, 2020 at 10:06 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - Governor Roy Cooper has signed an Executive Order authorizing the North Carolina ABC Commission to permit the delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to on-site consumption.

Natasha Stalnaker is the Bar Manager at Prohibition in New Bern.

She says this will have a positive impact on small businesses around the community because the executive order allows take-out and delivery of mixed beverages until ABC laws say they can no longer sell alcohol, but no later than 2 a.m.

The Assistant Manager at Pirates Cove says every little bit helps.

The order says one drink may be served per person.

If you choose delivery, everyone who ordered a drink must be there at the time of delivery.

This Order is effective Dec. 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. through Jan. 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 Governor 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, are allowed to sell mixed beverages to-go or for delivery.

These businesses, delivery service providers that contract with these businesses, and purchasers of 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 cease 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.

The Council of State concurred with this Order.

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