Alcohol To-Go Becomes Law In Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – After an executive order first became known in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, take-away alcohol is now a law in Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1024 on Wednesday after it was passed by the Texas Senate on April 28th. The bill was drafted by Rep. Charlie Geren and sponsored by Senator Kelly Hancock.
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“As the pandemic progressed, we waived the ordinance to allow restaurants to sell alcohol so restaurants can better cope with the pandemic,” Abbott said in a video announcement on Wednesday. “Well, it turns out the Texans liked it so much that Texan lawyers wanted to make this permanent law in the state of Texas.”
Take-away alcohol is now LAW in Texas!
Thank you to my partners in the legislature for bringing this to my desk. # Txlege pic.twitter.com/iPDrbjGwF1
– Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 12, 2021
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Texas restaurants and bars have been able to sell alcohol for pickup and delivery orders under an executive order since June 2020.
“Texas restaurants have suffered a severe blow during the pandemic,” Hancock said in a statement after the Texas Senate passed the bill. “Something as simple as Texans safely collecting and transporting a cocktail from their local restaurant enabled thousands of companies to keep working, keeping employees and serving their communities for years. I would like to thank Chairman Geren and our colleagues for working together so that this draft law can be implemented quickly. “
The new law stipulates that cocktails must be sold in sealed and tamper-evident containers and picked up as part of food orders.
“Governor Abbott acted quickly to support restaurants and bars in Texas by executive order allowing cocktails during the pandemic,” said Kristi Brown, Distilled Spirits Council for the United States’ senior director of state government relations. “Take-away cocktails were a much needed lifeline for the struggling hospitality industry and prevented many companies from closing permanently. Now that this move is permanent, hospitality companies will have increased stability on the long road to recovery. We applaud Texan lawmakers and Governor Abbott for helping local businesses and making consumers more convenient. “
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The new law comes into force on September 1, 2021.