Virginia allowing distillers to ship directly to consumers

Source: The Hill | April 6, 2020 | Zack Budryk

Virginia’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) will allow distilleries to ship liquor directly to consumers within the state subject to a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The change, which only applies to the approximately 45 Virginia distilleries with existing agreements with ABC to produce and sell their products, is part of an effort to reduce economic fallout from pandemic-related shutdowns.

“Virginia distilleries contribute to the economic vitality of the commonwealth and it’s important that they have some flexibility in how they are able to provide their products to consumers while their tasting rooms are closed,” ABC CEO Travis Hill said in a statement.

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Gov. Ralph Northam (D) last month listed ABC stores as essential businesses under the terms of the state’s stay-at-home order.

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