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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Gov. Beshear to Permit Alcohol Delivery During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Governor Andy Beshear is navigating a challenging time in the Commonwealth, but today, he may have given Kentuckians the best news they've heard in a week: restaurants and bars will soon be able to included alcoholic beverages in their drive-thru, carry out or delivery orders.

During his daily address, and he normally does, he started his press conference with some good news: Kentuckians modeling good social distancing behavior, educators and students rising to the challenge or people just helping a neighbor in need.

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Beshear added this news at the beginning of his address.

Restaurants and bars have been closed to the general public, with service limited exclusively to drive-thru, carry-out or delivery. Beshear called these sacrifices that industry has made patriotic.

Previously, establishments were required to have a particular license to distribute sealed containers of alcohol to-go.

Governor Beshear did not provide specific details on when the alcoholic restrictions will be lifted to allow for alcohol to be delivered around Kentucky. Fort Thomas Matters will update this story.

Update, 8:35 p.m.:

Revenue flexibility for restaurantsGov. Beshear said that restaurants that have an active liquor license, that are also doing food delivery or carry out, may also deliver sealed alcoholic beverages, in their original containers to customers. This change allows the state to give restaurants a much-needed boost to help their bottom lines. 

To read a copy of the order, click here.

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