Thursday, March 19, 2020

Updates: New Hampshire Allows Beer, Wine Sales with Takeout/Delivery; Maine Joins Other States in Restaurant Closings

photo of Pizza Barn, Center Ossipee, NHMore news has come out over the past couple of days, including stories focusing on our neighbors to the north--and one of the news items bring a bit of hope to people locally who would like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two with their takeout/delivery orders.

New Hampshire Restaurants Give Restaurants Permission to Offer Alcohol to Go
According to WBZ 1030, residents of New Hampshire can now order cans or bottles of beer and wine with their takeout orders, as long as they are unopened, and spirits and cocktails are not allowed. WBZ also says that a request to do the same in Massachusetts has hit Governor Charlie Baker's desk, though no decision has been made as of yet. (New York is also allowing alcohol to go when ordering food.)

New Ruling for Restaurants/Bars in Maine
As mentioned earlier, every state in New England but Maine has recently ruled that restaurants and bars remain closed for now except for takeout and/or delivery, and now Maine has followed the other states in instituting the same ruling. According to a Twitter post from Governor Janet Mills, the mandate stays in place until March 31, at least for now.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]