Alabama ABC’s board will temporarily allow companies to resume take-out alcohol sales, but there will be some changes from the previous amendment. first licensed in March.
Alabama ABC board voted unanimously during an emergency meeting on December 14 adopt an amendment to Emergency rule 20-X-6-.19ER, the ordinance that authorizes on-site licensees to sell “take-out” alcohol until January 4, 2021.
This amendment has been requested by “chambers of commerce, many companies and licensees,” Dean Argo, director of government relations at the ABC board, said in an emailed statement. The previous amendment, which expired on September 15, allowed licensed businesses to sell one liter of hard liquor, beer in containers of any size not exceeding 288 ounces, and bottled wine of any size or in multiple bottles up to 1,500 milliliters per customer. This new amendment limits the amount of beer and spirits that businesses can sell: a licensee cannot sell more than one 0.375 liter (375 ml) bottle of spirits, two 750 ml bottles of wine, or 144 ounces of wine. beer per customer.
During the meeting, officials explained that the pressure for the new amendment was “related more to wine than spirits,” saying they have heard from companies, especially restaurants, who would like to include bottles of wine with large takeout orders over the holidays due to customers. cancellation of many end-of-year celebrations.
When asked why the amendment was only extended until Jan.4, officials replied that only the holiday season had been requested.
Board member Alan Spencer further explained that restaurants felt constrained as more customers were “reluctant” to dine indoors as cases of COVID-19 continued to rise. The goal, he said, was to give businesses some relief as customers turned to more virtual holiday events.
“I think it’s a possible effort to provide assistance,” Spencer said.