District of Columbia allows restaurants to sell alcohol for off-premise use during coronavirus

ABRA creates short registration process without fees

Restaurants and taverns, which were ordered to close for dine-in service in the District of Columbia, will now be able to sell beer, wine and spirits for takeout and delivery, according to a new act in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. According to Washington, D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 made this possible.

This is welcome news for all types of (normally) sit-down restaurants and taverns—especially those that take in a high percentage of revenues from alcohol sales. The alcohol must be accompanied by an order of at least one food item.


D.C. registration to sell alcohol for takeout, delivery

Before they can begin, they’ll need to submit a short online registration form. The process returns a confirmation to the applicant within minutes and that’s pretty much it. ABRA doesn’t charge for registration or participation. Navigate to the FAQ page for additional informaton or apply here.

In addition, Bethesda Magazine is reporting that Montgomery County restaurants can now temporarily sell beer and wine for takeout or delivery.

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