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Kentucky Senate votes to make to-go alcohol sales permanent

Exterior of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP...
Exterior of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)(Timothy D. Easley | AP)
Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 10:29 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers have advanced legislation allowing to-go alcohol sales to become a permanent fixture for restaurants as a pick-me-up to help offset coronavirus-related losses.

The Senate passed the measure on a 28-7 vote Monday. The bill now goes to the House.

The proposal would allow restaurants and bars to sell alcohol, including cocktails, in sealed containers for delivery and to-go orders as part of a meal purchase.

Early in the pandemic, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order allowing alcohol to-go sales to help cushion the financial blow from coronavirus-related restrictions.

The bill would make that accommodation permanent.

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