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Gov. Murphy Authorizes Alcohol Sale and Delivery by Certain License Holders
Gov. Murphy Authorizes Alcohol Sale and Delivery by Certain License Holders

In order to mitigate the continued business disruption caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Murphy signed legislation (A3966) on Friday, May 15, 2020 that gives New Jersey’s liquor license holders additional options in connection with the sale of alcoholic beverages.

First, A3966 grants temporary authorization for restaurants to sell mixed cocktails in closed and sealed containers for consumption off the licensed premises. Mixed cocktails in closed and sealed containers must have a tamper-evident seal and not hold more than 16 ounces.

Second, A3966 temporarily authorizes the holders of plenary retail consumption licenses, hotel or motel licenses, seasonal retail consumption licenses, or concessionaire permits, to deliver alcoholic beverages in the original containers or in closed and sealed containers, and mixed cocktails in closed and sealed containers, for consumption off the licensed premises.

Per A3966, the temporary authorization for restaurants to sell and deliver alcoholic beverages and mixed cocktails for consumption off the licensed premises expires six months following the date: (1) on which the state of emergency has ended; or (2) on which the coronavirus-related occupancy or customer seating restrictions no longer apply to restaurants, whichever date occurs later.

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