R.I. to allow to-go beer and wine sales from restaurants
Gov. Raimondo issues emergency order Friday night in an effort to help restaurants stay afloat
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Rhode Islanders will now be able to add beer and wine to their take-out orders from restaurants after Governor Gina Raimondo issued an emergency order Friday night.
The supplemental emergency declaration applies to restaurants that already have a valid liquor license with the state.
Customers will be allowed to order up to two bottles of wine or 144 ounces of beer- the equivalent of a 12-pack- with their food orders purchased for take-out.
The drinks must be in their original, factory sealed containers.
The order was made as restaurant profits continue to suffer under restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Restaurants are required to maintain the social-distancing restrictions set forth in past orders by the governor.
Raimondo plans to address the new order in her press conference tomorrow.
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