January 20, 2021
Bottled cocktails to-go and six-packs of beer delivered to your doorstep — small conveniences gained on a temporary basis during the Covid-19 lockdowns — could become a permanent fixture for Marylanders this year.
As the General Assembly kicks off a new session in Annapolis, legislative efforts are underway to preserve new permissions allowing alcohol take-out and delivery sales by restaurants, taverns, breweries and more. At least two measures have found support from state legislators and industry advocates who say they want to do what they can to bolster drinking and dining businesses reeling from the pandemic.
“I have a lot of restaurants in my district that are struggling to hang on during the pandemic,” said Del. Courtney Watson, a Howard County Democrat who’s sponsoring a bill to allow restaurants, bars and taverns to sell sealed alcoholic beverages for takeout and delivery. “By giving this privilege permanently, it will provide more paths to viability in the future for restaurants.”
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