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W.Va. Allows Beer, Wine Home Deliveries During Virus Outbreak

Sam Fonda pours a beer at Weathered Ground Brewery in Cool Ridge, West Virginia.

West Virginia residents can now get beer and wine delivered to their homes during the coronavirus pandemic, alcohol regulators said.

Alcohol, Beverage Control Administration commissioner Frederic Wooton said Thursday that licensed restaurants and bars can ship beer and wine as long as they accompany take-out food orders. The products must be in sealed, original containers.

Deliveries of liquor and mixed alcoholic drinks are not allowed, including from distilleries. Unlicensed third-parties also cannot make deliveries, Wooton said in a statement.

Businesses must verify that the purchaser is at least 21 years old and that the person is not intoxicated, the statement said.

Deliveries should be completed with as little physical contact as possible and maintain social distancing, the statement said.

Wooton said the deliveries are allowed within the state’s border through executive orders issued by Gov. Jim Justice related to the virus outbreak.