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Special delivery: New rule allows Texas restaurants to deliver alcohol during virus closures

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A craft beer is poured by a bartender.

EL PASO, Texas - As businesses close their doors for the foreseeable future to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many Texas restaurants are left searching for ways to maintain some sort of revenue.

But thanks to a special exception from the state government, restaurant delivery and take out menus can now include alcohol.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a waiver late Wednesday night that will allow restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with food purchases to patrons - including beer, wine, and mixed drinks.

"The State of Texas is committed to supporting retailers, restaurants, and their employees," Abbott said in a statement. "These waivers will allow restaurants to provide enhanced delivery options to consumers during this temporary period of social distancing."

All Texas bars and dine-in restaurants in the state will be closed starting at midnight on Friday night.

But as part of delivery, consumers will be now given the choice to order alcoholic beverages.

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Nate Ryan

Nate Ryan is an ABC-7 sports anchor/reporter.

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