PROVIDENCE – Representatives from the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, working with Gov. Gina Raimondo, have announced that Rhode Island restaurants that are currently serving takeout meals are now allowed to sell beer and wine to their customers.
This only applies to restaurant pickup orders and is not available for delivery service from individual restaurants or through third-party delivery services. The governor’s executive order went into effect at 8:30 p.m. this evening, March 20, and runs through March 30.
The order has several stipulations that restaurants must adhere to, including:
• Limited to the sale of beer and wine only;
• Limited to 144 ounces of beer and up to two bottles of wine per order;
• The alcohol must be in the original container.
Gregg Davenport, of Davenport's in Cumberland, thanked Lieutenant Gov. Dan McKee and Tony Silva for advocating for the change.
"In these challenging times, everything will help and we need to be very responsible how we do it," he said.
Under the order, the customer must display identification upon pickup. Drinks are only eligible for takeout, and not available for delivery from individual restaurants or third-party delivery services.
"We have been working intensely on this for several days. We know that many of you were frustrated and have been sending us what other states were doing," states a release. "Please understand that states have different laws, and current Rhode Island law prohibited this."