Yesterday the Kentucky Restaurant Association had some very good news for the state’s battered food and drink businesses: “We’ve been working on it all week, and Governor Beshear announced tonight that ABC licensees will now be able to sell alcohol with carry-out and delivery orders!”

WDRB’s Marcus Green was among the first to post the story at Twitter.

If you were wondering whatever became of WKRC in Cincinnati, the channel gave good coverage to the governor’s latest move.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has ordered new supplemental rules on Thursday that affect the already closed-to-public-gathering restaurants that have been making do with carryout orders and delivery.
“Gov. Beshear said that restaurants that have an active liquor license, that are also doing food delivery or carry out, may also deliver sealed alcoholic beverages, in their original containers to customers. This change allows the state to give restaurants a much-needed boost to help their bottom lines,” said a release from Kentucky Governor Beshear.

Louisville’s Mayor Greg Fischer issued a timely advisory about hygiene during a time of curbside carryout.

That link again: What You Need to Know about Coronavirus.

In fact, state governments all across the country have been reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic’s altered daily reality by displaying a quality they’re not often credited with possessing: spur-of-the-moment improvisation. As of Thursday evening, a temporary relaxation of the rules governing carryout also was being minted in neighboring Indiana, for the same reasons as Kentucky’s. 

The Kentucky ABC leaves no doubt that crisis conditions revert to the traditional playbook once a semblance of normality returns.  

Order Permitting Carryout and Drive Thru Sales
In order to diminish the economic impact to restaurants and bars caused by this sudden closing, pursuant to KRS 39A.180, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (the “Department”) hereby orders the following supplemental rules while the prohibition of onsite consumption of food and beverage persists under Executive Order 2020-215

Great work, everyone.