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Coronavirus: Minnesota bars, restaurants can now include beer, wine in takeout orders

A bill passed the Senate and House floors and was signed by the governor.

It's a done deal. Minnesota bars and restaurants can now add beer and wine to takeout orders to help boost slumping profits after dining inside establishments was barred to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

On Friday, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the legislation by a vote of 129-1. The Senate passed the bill the day before and Gov. Tim Walz signed it Friday afternoon.

"Done," Gov. Walz tweeted. "We will continue to support our beloved local restaurants that are keeping Minnesotans fed during a really challenging time."

“Our restaurants and their employees are facing extreme hardships during this pandemic,” said House Speaker Melissa Hortman. “We hope today’s legislation will help. We know it is a small step in these very difficult times, but I’m pleased legislators from both sides of the aisle were able to work together with the Governor to get this done.”

Hard liquor isn't allowed, although Gov. Walz indicated Friday that future legislation could change that, but only beer and wine is part of the deal for now. 

Per the bill, bars and restaurants with liquor licenses are allowed to sell up to 72 ounces of beer, cider or hard seltzer and up to 750 milliliters of wine. Seventy-two ounces is the equivalent to six-pack and 750 milliliters is the amount in a typical a bottle of wine. 

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