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Utah liquor regulator wants curbside, online alcohol sales

November 25, 2020 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s state liquor regulator wants to implement curbside pickup and online sales of alcohol, but the state agency needs funding from the Legislature.

Some state legislators are apprehensive about the idea, KSTU-TV reported Tuesday.

“Can we ensure that the safeguards are in place?” said Republican Rep. Timothy Hawkes, who handles liquor legislation for the House majority. “But yeah, we’ve got to make sure our systems align with what consumers expect and demand.”

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Utah remains one of the most restrictive states about alcohol in the country.

Still, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control deputy director Cade Meier said he is confident that curbside and online alcohol purchasing would be implemented in the state.

“We think it will be a very customer friendly, but at the same time being a responsible way, for us to accomplish our mission,” Meier said.

The plan needs funding from the Legislature to hire staffing and design an online ordering site. Any potential state government money would not come until the 2021 legislative session starts in January.

The Legislature has refrained from permitting restaurants or bars from serving to-go alcohol during the pandemic.