Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Friday, April 17 that authorizes qualifying restaurants closed for dine-in services to sell beer, wine, hard seltzer and cider as part of a takeout food order. The temporary legislation expires once the emergency closure orders expire or are otherwise repealed.
Establishments licensed for on-sale beer, wine or liquor distribution may participate in this program if they meet the definition of a restaurant. The executive order states that the sale of beer and wine must be incidental to, not instead of, food sales.
Breweries, brewpubs, taprooms and other off-sale liquor license holders are not subject to this legislation.