FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2020


Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control waiver on some ‘to-go’ alcohol sales regulations extended to March 31, 2021

Move will continue to assist businesses facing severe challenges accompanying coronavirus pandemic

On Nov. 19, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-19, extending the state of emergency declaration due to the coronavirus pandemic until March 31, 2021. The Governor’s action means all statutory and regulatory waivers in effect at the time will remain in effect until March 31, 2021, unless specifically rescinded and approved by the Governor.   

Therefore, the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control’s April 14, 2020 temporary waiver of restrictions on some “to-go” alcohol sales will remain in effect until March 31, 2021. The waiver of Missouri’s law limiting “to-go” alcohol sales to products in their original package was implemented to assist businesses facing unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus.

The waiver remains in effect under these conditions:

The alcohol container must be durable, leakproof, and sealable, and must meet the minimum size requirements outlined in the Code of State Regulations [11 CSR 70-2.010(5)]:

  • The customer must have ordered and purchased a meal simultaneous with the liquor purchase;
  • The licensee must provide the customer with a dated receipt for the alcohol beverage(s); and
  • The sealed alcohol container must either be:
    • Placed in a one-time-use, tamperproof, transparent bag which must be securely sealed; or
    • The container opening must be sealed with tamperproof tape.

The change does not allow liquor licensees to sell mixed drinks in ‘to-go’ plastic or Styrofoam cups with straws or loose covers.

 



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For more information, call 573-751-5432 or e-mail mike.o'connell@dps.mo.gov