AUSTIN (KXAN) — Weekends are busy — in a good way — at Still Austin Whiskey Co.
Customers can tour the 10,000 square-foot distillery in south Austin and sample the Straight Bourbon Whiskey. But the distillery can only partially capitalize on the foot traffic.
“On Sundays, we’re allowed to be open. We’re allowed to give tours. We’re allowed to have people come in and sample our product and have a drink but if they’ve enjoyed it and want to leave with a bottle, they can’t,” Still Austin co-founder Joanna Salinas told KXAN.
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House Bill 937, sponsored by state Rep. Richard Raymond of Laredo, would dismantle Texas’ remaining “blue laws” and allow distilleries and liquor stores to sell their products seven days a week — a step distillery owners say is necessary after a difficult financial year caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, Gov. Greg Abbott allowed restaurants to sell alcohol to-go to help alleviate some of the financial pressures of the pandemic. Restaurants are not blocked from selling mixed drinks to-go on Sundays.
The Texas House passed a bill in March to make the rule permanent.
“As a young business, turning away someone who wants to buy your product is hard,” Salinas said.
A separate bill would lift a restriction that prevents distilleries from selling more than two bottles to a single person within 30 days.
This article originally appeared on KXAN Austin
Beginning March 13, breweries, wineries and distilleries that do not serve meals may open outdoors only with modifications in the purple and red tiers.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated their public health guidance Thursday in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to allow for the safe reopening of breweries, wineries and distilleries with modifications that do not serve meals in the state.
Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries
Beginning Saturday, March 13, breweries, wineries and distilleries that do not serve meals may open outdoors only with modifications in the Purple (widespread) and Red (substantial) tiers.
- The modifications include that patrons have reservations and patrons observe a 90-minute time limit.
- Service for on-site consumption must end by 8 p.m.
(Previously, and through March 12, breweries and distilleries not serving meals were closed in the Purple and Red tiers).
In the Orange (moderate) Tier, indoor operations may begin with 25% of maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. In the Yellow (minimal) tier, indoor operations may increase to 50% of maximum capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
The updated guidance does not apply to breweries, wineries and distilleries that provide meals. The state said those establishments should continue to follow the restaurant guidance.
What about bars?
According to CDPH, bars that do not serve meals will remain closed in the Purple and Red tiers. On Saturday, bars in the Orange tier may begin outdoor operations with modifications. Bars in the Yellow tier, may begin indoor operations with modifications of 25% maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
Overnight Sleepaway Camps
Beginning June 1, overnight sleepaway camps will be allowed to resume with modifications in the Red, Orange and Yellow tiers.
Fore more information about these updates and which activities are allowed in the various tiers, click here.
Statewide COVID-19 Data as of Thursday:
- California has 3,516,862 confirmed cases to date.
- There were 3,184 newly recorded confirmed cases Wednesday.
- The 7-day positivity rate is 2.4% and the 14-day positivity rate is 2.3%.
- There have been 50,316,151 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 92,180 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
- As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 54,891 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
- As of March 11, providers have reported administering a total of 10,988,301 vaccine doses statewide. The CDC reports that 15,066,380 doses have been delivered to entities within the state, and 15,426,105 vaccine doses, which includes the first and second dose, have been shipped. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed.
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