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Gov. Abbott signs ‘alcohol to-go’ bill

Many Texas restaurants are struggling to open at full capacity due to a lack of workers.
Many Texas restaurants are struggling to open at full capacity due to a lack of workers.(KLTV)
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 12:39 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) - Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed a bill that permanently allows residents to purchase alcohol to go from restaurants.

“Alcohol to-go is now LAW in Texas! Thank you to my partners in the legislature for getting this to my desk,” Abbott tweeted.

The Texas Senate sent the bill to Abbott late last month.

The measure allows beer, wine, and mixed drinks to be included in pickup and delivery orders.

In March 2020, Abbott signed a waiver allowing to-go alcohol sales.

The waiver, initially scheduled to last until May 2020, has been extended indefinitely.

The measure could benefit the struggling Texas restaurant industry by providing a new permanent revenue stream.

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