Liquor board passes emergency rule allowing restaurants to sell, deliver 2 drinks per meal

Posted at 2:58 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 15:05:34-04

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule allowing establishments with liquor permits to sell and deliver two prepackaged alcoholic drinks per meal ordered, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday.

Establishments with on-premises liquor permits are now permitted to sell and deliver alcohol, including high-proof liquor in limited quantity, for off-premises consumption, DeWine announced at the daily coronavirus news briefing Tuesday.

All drinks must be closed and remain closed during transport, as per open container law, DeWine said.

“It’s a specific request we received from restaurants who already have a liquor license,” DeWine said.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said the rule is an example of the state government addressing concerns raised by local businesses. He said these establishments voiced concerns about making ends meet without revenue generated by liquor sales.

“This is part of what we do, we listen to people,” Husted said.

News 5 will update this story with more details when the text of the emergency rule is made available.

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