Governor Raimondo signs Executive Order 20-08, enabling restaurants and bars to include wine and beer with to-go orders

This evening, Governor Raimondo signed Executive Order 20-08, enabling restaurants and bars to include wine and beer with to-go orders.

Bars, restaurants, and cafes are currently not allowed to offer any dine-in service, due to COVID-19 concerns. Dine-in and take-out service are the only permitted opportunities for bars, restaurants, and cafes at this time.

According to the Executive Order, Class B license holders will be permitted to sell up to two bottles of wine and one hundred and forty four ounces of beer in original factory sealed containers, with take-out food orders.

The Governor will address this Executive Order in tomorrow’s press conference at 1 pm. What’s Up Newp will broadcast the press conference on our Facebook Page and here on our website then.

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The order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in full force and effect until March 30th.



The Rhode Island Hospitality Association tonight provided the following press release regarding the order;

The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA), in collaboration with Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island State Legislature, today announced that Rhode Island restaurants currently serving take-out meals are now allowed to sell beer and wine to their customers. This only applies to restaurant pick-up orders and is not available for delivery service from individual restaurants or through third-party delivery services”.

According to RIHA, the Governor’s executive order went into effect at 8:30 p.m. on March 20, 2020 and will remain in effect through Monday, March 30, 2020. 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 was must in the original factory-sealed container.

•     Customer must display identification upon pickup.

•     Only eligible for takeout. Not available for delivery from individual restaurants or third-party delivery service

“In this really difficult time, we appreciate Governor Raimondo’s leadership and willingness to work with our industry to ease current restrictions on beer/wine take-out sales, and provide an additional relief option to our industry,” said Dale J. Venturini, President & CEO of the RI Hospitality Association and the RI Hospitality Education Foundation in the statement. “We are also thankful to the Rhode Island legislature for their collaboration to get this done. We ask that all restaurants that participate operate to the letter of the law so that our entire industry, who can participate, will benefit.”