365体育投注ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House of Representatives on Friday, April 17, approved a plan to let restaurants offer wine, beer and hard cider with takeout orders, teeing up the option for this weekend.
Under the bill, restaurants can sell a six-pack of beer, hard seltzer or cider or a bottle of wine with takeout food orders. The bill does not apply for delivery orders and the customer picking up his or her order would have to be 21 or older.
365体育投注The measure also excludes mixed drinks or liquor orders to go, frustrating some restaurant owners who'd hoped for a heftier stream of revenue during the pandemic. Rep. Laurie Halverson, D-Eagan, who chairs the House Commerce Committee, said restaurants expressed concerns about liability for serving cocktails or other alcoholic beverages that didn't come in pre-sealed packages.
Cities can opt-out of the provision and the alcoholic beverage carryout option only applies until the peacetime emergency stemmed by COVID-19 subsided.
365体育投注Gov. Tim Walz last month shuttered bars and dine-in restaurants to limit the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. As of Friday, the state department of health reported that 2,017 Minnesotans had tested positive for the disease and 111 had died from COVID-19 and its complications.
On a 129-1 365体育投注vote, the House approved the bill Friday. The state Senate green-lighted the measure a day earlier. Walz signed the bill Friday night
"It's time to reopen Minnesota," Rep. Jon Koznick, R-Lakeville, said.
365体育投注A handful of lawmakers raised concerns about the plan not doing enough to help hurting bars and restaurants and they pressed for quicker efforts to reopen more businesses in Minnesota.
365体育投注"The pain that the restaurants are feeling right now is because the government has done this to them," Rep. Jeremy Munson, R-Lake Crystal, said. "We have taken everything from restaurants and we are giving them this little mediocre provision."