Waiver allows Texas restaurants to deliver alcohol

AUSTIN, Tex. (KXII) - Texas restaurants will be allowed to deliver alcoholic beverages with food purchases to customers due to a waiver signed by Gov. Greg Abbott.

The waiver allows businesses with a mixed beverage permit to deliver beer, wine and mixed drinks as long as the customer has also ordered food. The waiver went into effect immediately.

Abbott also directed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive provisions to allow manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of alcoholic beverages to buy or sell back unopened products.

The governor's office says the decisions are in response to the financial hardship COVID-19 has caused in the hospitality industry.

"The State of Texas is committed to supporting retailers, restaurants, and their employees," said Abbott. "These waivers will allow restaurants to provide enhanced delivery options to consumers during this temporary period of social distancing."