SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, an establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages on-premises may sell wine, malt beverages, prepared beverages and mixed drinks for off-premises consumption subject to the following conditions: (i) an establishment licensed to sell only wines and malt beverages on-premises may sell wine or malt beverages only for off-premises consumption; (ii) alcoholic beverages shall not be sold to a person under 21 years of age; provided, however, that any delivery of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption shall not be made without verification that the person receiving the order has attained 21 years of age; (iii) wine shall be sold in its original, sealed container, and malt beverages, prepared beverages and mixed drinks shall be sold in sealed containers; (iv) alcoholic beverages shall be sold as part of the same transaction as the purchase of food; provided, however, that any order that includes alcoholic beverages shall be placed not later than the hour of which the establishment is licensed to sell alcohol or 12:00 midnight, whichever time is earlier. For purposes of this section, a “prepared beverage and mixed drink” is defined as a sealed container holding between 4 and 64 fluid ounces of spirits (liquor) and mixer that have been combined at the licensed establishment.
SECTION 2. Each establishment shall notify the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) of its intent to engage in the provisions of this act. The ABCC shall promulgate regulations or issue guidance consistent with this act as it deems necessary within 10 days of enactment to ensure timely implementation.
SECTION 3. This act shall sunset upon the earlier of the date which is 12 months after: (i) the date on which establishments licensed to sell alcoholic beverages on-premises are permitted to resume sales of alcoholic beverages to the public for on-premises consumption; (ii) the date of termination or rescission of the governor’s executive order issued on March 15, 2020, including extensions and modifications thereof; or (iii) the date of termination or rescission of the governor’s state of emergency declaration issued on March 10, 2020.
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