Beer, Wine & Spirits To Go: Ricketts Signs Executive Order Giving Bars & Restaurants Temporary Flexibility

LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order on Thursday to help Nebraska’s restaurants and bars as they continue to serve Nebraskans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 19th, the State of Nebraska directed restaurants and bars in Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington counties to close their dining and seating areas, and move to takeout, carry-out, or delivery only.  This action came after the Douglas County Public Health Department reported its second case of COVID-19 that officials could not trace to its origin, commonly known as a “community spread” or “community acquired” case.

The Governor’s executive order will permit restaurants and bars statewide much greater flexibility to serve Nebraskans during the current public health emergency. The two most helpful provisions to bars and restaurants will allow much greater flexibility for serving carry out, take-out or delivery orders of beer, wine and spirits.

  • Liquor Licensing – Establishments such as pizza parlors (Class A license holders) will be able to sell beer to customers on take-out or delivery orders.  Restaurants (Class I license holders) will be able to sell beer, wine, and spirits to customers placing take-out or delivery orders.
  • Sale of Alcohol – To encourage social distancing, restaurants and bars will be permitted to sell alcohol on drive-thru or curbside orders without customers having to exit their motor vehicles.

Complete text of the executive order is available by clicking here.