Governor Lee issued Executive Order No. 17. This Order goes into effect at 12:01 am on March 23, 2020 and is in effect until April 6, 2020.
Restaurants and Limited Service Restaurants (bars) may sell alcohol to go (takeout or delivery) under the following conditions.
- Alcohol must be sold in conjunction with a food order.
- Alcohol must be in a secure container with a lid designed to prevent customer from consuming while driving.
- Wine and beer may be sold by the bottle, but spirits may not be sold by the bottle. Spirits can be sold by the drink.
- Licensees must prominently post warning re: open containers at their location. See the end of the post for the language to be included in the sign.
- Employee or contractor (delivery services) making delivery or sale must be twenty-one (21) years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
- Valid government ID must be inspected by employee or contractor.
- Alcohol cannot be sold to anyone under the age of twenty-one (21) or visibly intoxicated.
- Sales shall occur during normal business hours.
Please check with your insurance carrier to determine if this impacts your current policy.
Language for Sign Re: Open Container:
TCA 55-10-416. Open container law.
(1) No driver shall consume any alcoholic beverage or beer or possess an open container of alcoholic beverage or beer while operating a motor vehicle in this state.
(2) For purposes of this section:
(A) “Open container” means any container containing alcoholic beverages or beer, the contents of which are immediately capable of being consumed or the seal of which has been broken;
(B) An open container is in the possession of the driver when it is not in the possession of any passenger and is not located in a closed glove compartment, trunk or other nonpassenger area of the vehicle; and
(C) A motor vehicle is in operation if its engine is operating, whether or not the motor vehicle is moving.