Cooper Order allows mixed drinks to go

By on December 21, 2020

(Governor Roy Cooper)


On Dec. 21, Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order authorizing the North Carolina ABC Commission to permit the delivery or carry-out of mixed beverages as an alternative to on-site consumption. This Order is effective Dec. 21 at 5:00 pm through Jan. 31.

“This order will help people avoid settings that can contribute to increased viral spread while giving restaurants and bars a financial boost that they need right now,” said Governor Cooper. “With cases and hospitalizations high around the country, let’s all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 while supporting local, small businesses safely.”

Under this Order, establishments holding certain permits from the ABC Commission, including restaurants, hotels, private clubs, private bars, and some distilleries, are allowed to sell mixed beverages to-go or for delivery. These businesses, delivery service providers that contract with these businesses, and purchasers of mixed beverages to-go must follow the restrictions in the Order and any additional restrictions and guidance established by the ABC Commission.

The Modified Stay at Home Order remains in effect and the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption must still cease at 9 pm. Businesses subject to the Order may continue to sell mixed beverages for off-site consumption until their business closes and in accordance with other applicable laws and regulations.

The Council of State concurred with this Order.


  • Bobby

    How did the citizens of the GREAT state of North Carolina elect an idiot for Governor?

    Monday, Dec 21 @ 5:31 pm
  • anne

    So now we are endangering the people by letting them drink while driving and a big possibility of injury or death to others or themselves!!!! How are the police going to be able to tell what they are drinking while they are driving? The most ridiculous thing I have heard,

    Monday, Dec 21 @ 7:22 pm
  • Wombatnc

    Love it!
    Now I’m thinking how I’m not going to spill my martini from Ocean Blvd. on the way home

    Tuesday, Dec 22 @ 8:06 am
  • Manteo

    I thought there were open container law’s in this State?

    Tuesday, Dec 22 @ 9:46 am
  • surf123

    First off I am not for restricting anyone from doing anything they want to even if it is killing them. That said alcohol will experience the all out attack that was made against tobacco in the 90’s. The ads are just like smoking ones: athletic, good looking, strong men, sexy women, sports, etc. The result is different and not as wide spread unless you discount the societal costs of alcohol. Again I do not care who does what, but at some point people will recognize the damage it does under the guise of being healthy. The lawyers will clean up when it happens.

    Tuesday, Dec 22 @ 6:40 pm