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.

  1. Alcohol must be sold in conjunction with a food order.
  2. Alcohol must be in a secure container with a lid designed to prevent customer from consuming while driving.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Employee or contractor (delivery services) making delivery or sale must be twenty-one (21) years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
  6. Valid government ID must be inspected by employee or contractor.
  7. Alcohol cannot be sold to anyone under the age of twenty-one (21) or visibly intoxicated.
  8. 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.


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