ABC official: Takeout alcoholic beverage bill a step in the right direction

Bars are now allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. (PNC file photo)

The Alcohol Beverage Control Board weighed in on the bill to allow customers to order alcohol by delivery.

A public hearing on the bill was held last week but the ABC Board wasn’t represented.

Bill 16-36 aims to allow food delivery services to deliver alcoholic beverages as long as they’re in sealed containers.

It also aims to update Guam’s alcohol laws in general.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Joe S. San Agustin and is a version of a bill he introduced in the 35th Legislature.

Senator San Agustin was present at last week’s hearing.

So was GHRA president Mary Rhodes and Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce executive director Rene Logie who spoke in support of the bill.

ABC board secretary John Ilao spoke with Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo about the bill Friday morning.

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Ilao said the board believes the bill is a step in the right direction, especially in terms of updating Guam’s alcohol laws.

He said the board is generally supportive of the business community and does what it can to support the economy.

“Obviously, during the pandemic, the board has done a lot in regards to helping restaurants out, helping whoever we can. We’re pro-business and we definitely want to help out where we can. Unfortunately, for bars, it’s tough. But for what’s allowed, under the governor’s executive order, throughout the past year, we believe we’ve done everything we can to assist,” Ilao said.

Bill 16-36 is still in committee.