Abbott Approves Exemption to Allow Mixed Drinks to Go – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) approved a waiver on Saturday that will allow restaurants and bars with a mixed drink permit to sell mixed drinks to go and deliver.

The exemption comes a day after the governor closed bars a second time during the COVID-19 pandemic and allows eligible establishments to sell mixed drinks that are sealed by the business itself, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Takeaway mixed drinks are prohibited, but Abbott’s action temporarily gives up the law.

“Operating during this pandemic has proven to be an incredible challenge for all segments of the alcoholic beverage industry,” said TABC CEO Bentley Nettles. “Opening up the ability of these companies to sell mixed drinks to go will help ease the burden on many of these struggling companies.”

Last week, Abbott tweeted his support to make takeaway alcohol permanent in Texas.

That followed an April 28 tweet from Abbott about extending a take-away alcohol sales exemption indefinitely, writing: “From what I hear from Texans, we can let this go on forever.”