Bill allows for takeout, 7 am purchase of alcohol beverages

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According to Sen. Joe S. San Agustin, these new provisions are necessary to support the island's bar and restaurant industries which have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. (PNC file photo)

Senator Joe S. San Agustin has introduced legislation that would update the licensing, sales, and service of alcohol beverages.

Bill 384-35 (COR) allows the take-out or delivery of alcohol beverages.

In addition, the bill moves back the allowable sale of alcohol beverages from the current 9 am to 7 am in the morning.

According to San Agustin, these new provisions are necessary to support the island’s bar and restaurant industries which have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic.

“During this unprecedented time, when our economy is struggling and many industries have resorted to takeout and/or delivery in order to stay afloat, allowing the sale of pre-packaged or unopened alcoholic beverages along with food items for takeout and/or delivery is one option that can provide some measure of increased revenue for these establishments and their employees,” Bill 384’s legislative intent states.

According to San Agustin’s office, 44 states in the mainland already allow for takeout or delivery of alcoholic beverage sales, either temporarily through executive order or by permanent statute.

Bill 384 assures that all local DUI, age regulation, open container, responsible server, and Seller Act laws will continue to be applied.

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