Lake area restaurant owners breathing a sigh of relief today

That’s because the Missouri Alcohol and Tobacco control is changing its policy on to-go alcohol sales.

Current law requires to-go sales to be in original packaging only, however in an effort to help businesses suffering from the Coronavirus Shutdowns, officials are waving that rule until May 15th.

Restaurants can now offer alcohol sales so long as the container is durable, leakproof and sealable and a customer purchases it along with a meal.

The ATC is also extending the deadlines for liquor license renewals and waiving additional fees for two months.


Press Release:

MISSOURI, USA — The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced on Tuesday it would be temporarily waiving a restriction on some “to-go” alcohol sales to help businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Missouri currently limits “to-go” alcohol sales to products in their original packaging. With this change, the ATC will temporarily allow retailer-packaged alcoholic drinks under certain conditions.

The new rules from the ATC are:

  • The alcohol container must be durable, leakproof, and sealable, and must meet the minimum size requirements outlined in the Code of State Regulations [11 CSR 70-2.010(5)];
  • The customer must have ordered and purchased a meal simultaneous with the liquor purchase;
  • The licensee must provide the customer with a dated receipt for the alcohol beverage(s); and
  • The sealed alcohol container must either be:
    • Placed in a one-time-use, tamperproof, transparent bag which must be securely sealed, or;
    • The container opening must be sealed with tamperproof tape.

The temporary new rules won’t allow businesses that hold liquor licenses to sell mixed drinks in “to-go” plastic or Styrofoam cups with straws or loose covers.

These rules will expire on May 15, in an effort to help businesses stay afloat during the pandemic.