Emergency rule allows Ohio establishments to sell and deliver alcohol

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– The Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule on Tuesday.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said it allows establishments with existing, on-premise liquor licenses to sell and deliver alcohol for off-premise consumption. It even applies to high-proof liquor in limited quantities.

Under the rule, customers can buy two prepackaged drinks per meal. Breweries can sell beer and wine without food purchase.

The drinks must be closed and remain closed, in accordance with open container laws.

The rule will remain in effect for up to 120 days unless rescinded by the liquor control commission.

Other states, like New York and Texas, has taken similar approaches to help restaurants and bars forced to close their dining rooms during the coronavirus outbreak.

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