Texas Governor Says Alcohol To-Go Could Become Permanent

April 29, 2020 Updated: April 29, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suggested that businesses that offer alcohol-to-go will be allowed to continue to do so when the state partially reopens on Friday.

The Republican governor wrote on Twitter: “Alcohol-to-go sales can continue after May 1. From what I hear from Texans, we may just let this keep on going forever.”

In March, Abbott waived regulations to allow restaurants to deliver alcohol in an effort to support those businesses in the state. Under the order, restaurants can sell beer, wine, and mixed drinks with food purchases to customers, according to Fox4.

On Monday, the governor issued an executive order in announcing that restaurants can open but only with a limited capacity of 25 percent of their listed occupancy.

Texas Tavern employees Chris Dobe (L) and Nick Moore
Texas Tavern employees Chris Dobe (L) and Nick Moore wait for take out orders on March 30, 2020. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) said on its website that “restaurants may also continue to use expanded to-go and delivery options” that were implemented after stay-at-home orders were set in place. It’s not clear when that service might end.

“TABC staff is reviewing the governor’s report and working with his office to seek further guidance on the specifics of the plan. We will continue updating this page with directives that will help businesses reopen safely under Gov. Abbott’s new executive order,” the organization said, according to its website.

Texas businesses were shut down to curb the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a novel coronavirus that emerged from mainland China last year. A number of businesses were shut down across the United States as governors imposed stay-at-home measures.