As goes Oklahoma, so goes the world (we hope). And why the hell not?
Here’s the deal…
While much of the fallout from the impact of the coronavirus has been a buzzkill, news that a temporary beer delivery measure is now permanent law in Oklahoma is far more encouraging than masks becoming part of your everyday attire.
On May 21, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 1928 into law.
Under the new law, which basically institutionalizes temporary measures that were put in place in the early days of COVID-19 pandemic, businesses with retail spirit licenses are allowed to sell beer, wine and spirits in sealed original containers to consumers of legal age via curbside pickup or delivery.
The new law permanently allows restaurants, bars and clubs to offer packaged beer and wine for curbside pickup or delivery. Grocery and convenience stores can also now offer curbside pickup or delivery for beer and wine in its original packaging.
But only employees from the business selling the alcoholic beverage will be allowed to make deliveries. Under the new act third party companies such as UberEats and DoorDash are still not able to make alcohol deliveries in Oklahoma.
“One key difference between the new law and the original temporary guidance comes in the way people can pay for their alcoholic beverage deliveries,” according to the Daily Ardmoreite “Payment can be now be made by cash, check, transportable credit and debit card processor, and via advanced online payment methods.”
“I’ve talked to many citizens who really appreciated the convenience and didn’t want to see it end. This measure will allow that service to continue,” Oklahoma Sen Roger Thompson who introduced the beer along with Rep. Kevin Wallace explained. “I’ve talked to many citizens who really appreciated the convenience and didn’t want to see it end. This measure will allow that service to continue.”
And given how many US small businesses are suffering due to the impact of the coronavirus, we may see other states making similar moves as we adjust to a “new normal.”
And why the hell not?
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