(TargetLiberty.org) – In an ironic twist to the coronavirus pandemic, it could result in looser restrictions on alcohol sales across much of the US. Some campaigners are arguing against this, but bars and restaurants are enthusiastic.
In an attempt to keep these establishments in business while social distancing was imposed, over 30 states – plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia – have temporarily allowed hospitality venues to sell alcohol to-go. Business owners have hailed the move, often saying it’s the only thing that’s let them stay afloat through the crisis.
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Missouri is one of the states that introduced temporary measures, which are slated to last up to the end of the year. Early in the lockdown, there was a flood of layoffs as businesses watched revenues plunge, but then, Governor Mike Parsons signed an executive order allowing liquor to-go sales. There are certain restrictions in place, but it seems to be working out well. Now the state is considering making the rule permanent when the temporary authorization expires.
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