Restaurants may soon be able to sell beer and wine to go while dining rooms are closed amidst the COVID-19 epidemic.
Minnesota State Republican Senator Karin Housley introduced a bill, Tuesday, that would allow to go alcohol sales, provided that the beverages are unopened and within certain size requirements. This limit would be 144 ounces per order for beer and 1500 milliliters per order for wine.
Housley says that allowing restaurants to move their alcohol inventories may help offset the economic slowdown brought about by Governor Tim Walz’s order to move restaurants to take out only.
“Businesses across Minnesota have been devastated by the events of recent weeks. They’ve made the best of the situation by offering to-go sales of food – and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be allowed to sell their inventories of alcohol and make cash now,” she says, per a press release.
My bill will allow restaurants to sell beer & wine to-go in addition to their food offerings. This is something that can be done now. @GovTimWalz said he’d sign it, so let’s get it to his desk. @Jonkoznick https://t.co/2UZry7tG7J
— Karin Housley (@KarinHousley) April 13, 2020
“Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, South Carolina, and many other states” have instituted similar policy with “bipartisan agreement,” the senator says.
Senator Housley also claims that Governor Walz said he would not veto her bill.
Representative Jon Koznick has introduced a House companion bill to Housley’s legislation