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Friday, 01 January 2021 14:32

From Staff Reports 

RALEIGH —  Governor Roy Cooper on Dec. 21 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.

The order became effective at 5 p.m. Dec. 21 and runs through 5 p.m. 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,” Cooper said at a press briefing. “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.”

A press release from Cooper’s office on the briefing stated, “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 release stated. “The Council of State concurred with this order.”

In the aftermath, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, billed as a nonprofit seeking to stop drunk driving, expressed its opposition to the governor’s mixed-drinks-to-go order, stating that it will lead to more drunk driving, making the COVID-19 pandemic even more tragic.

“We all feel for the bar and restaurant owners and other people struggling through the pandemic, but I’m not sure he was thinking about the crime victims, the victims of driving while impaired,” Ellen Pitt of MADD said, according to a report by Asheville television station WLOS (News 13).

Conversely, at the press briefing, Cooper asserted, “We believe this will provide a safer situation and also provide an important financial boost for bars and restaurants that are really hurting right now.”

 



 


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