Dallas Bars and Restaurants Can Now Legally Mixed Drinks To Go

A special waiver approved by Texas Governor Greg Abbott now allows certain bars and restaurants to sell take-away cocktails during the coronavirus pandemic.

The waiver, approved on Saturday, comes a day after Abbott ordered bars to close again after a spike in Covid-19 cases across the state. The restaurants were also instructed to reduce occupancy to 50% on Friday. The new rules are designed to allow bars to have an additional source of income while they are closed to local consumption.

Previously, mixed drinks to take away were prohibited under the code for alcoholic beverages. Bars were only allowed to sell manufacturer-sealed alcoholic beverages with a capacity of 375 milliliters or less for take-out and delivery services such as do-it-yourself cocktail kits. These sales are still allowed during this period, but under the new waiver, bars and restaurants that meet certain criteria can make and sell their own mixed drinks to take away and deliver.

Qualified restaurants and bars must have TABC mixed drinks approval and permanent food service skills. The drink must be made in the restaurant or bar, must be closed or sealed with tape or glue that bears the name of the bar and indicates that the drink is an alcoholic beverage. Then it must be put in a zippered bag and must be sold with food.

In order to avoid violations of the law on open containers, mixed drinks must not be placed on the passenger seat of a vehicle. They must be placed either in the trunk, on the back seat or in the glove compartment of the vehicle. The size of the drink is unlimited.

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