Many states are relaxing alcohol delivery laws as liquor stores are deemed an essential service during the pandemic. Here's how to find a service you can use in your area. Many states are relaxing alcohol delivery laws as liquor stores are deemed an essential service during the pandemic. Here's how to find a service you can use in your area. Running low on beer, wine and spirits? That's little surprise considering our current state of affairs. Maybe you've had lots of virtual happy hours over Zoom. Or perhaps you're planning to unwind from the stress of the coronavirus outbreak with a Netflix Party and an adult beverage, but you can't summon the energy to head to the store while wearing homemade face mask. Alcohol delivery is looking pretty good.You're not alone in this decision. According to research from Nielsen, online alcohol sales specifically were up 243% last week alone in the US. As lockdowns, quarantines and shelter-in-place orders keep more people indoors, limit shopping excursions and all but shutter local bars and restaurants, many are turning to other means for keeping their favorite booze in stock.A number of national delivery services, wine club services and larger regional stores are still delivering alcohol during the pandemic. Some restaurants offering takeout and delivery also offer alcoholic drinks -- though some states require you to buy food, too. (It's considered safe to order food or alcohol from restaurants and stores, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though you can follow certain precautions to keep yourself and your delivery driver healthy.) Alcohol delivery laws vary by state, so not every service is available in every area. Many states, however, have deemed liquor stores an essential service during the pandemic, and are now allowing delivery of such beverages from restaurants and liquor stores where they may not have in the past. There are a ton of online liquor delivery services, as well as wine- and beer-of-the-month clubs. Many regional liquor stores also have delivery options. If you're looking to stock up on some booze without going out to the liquor store, here are a few services to check out. Just remember that the same rules that have always applied to alcohol apply now, more than ever: Only enjoy booze in moderation, and never drink and drive.
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