New law extends alcohol sales in West Virginia

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A law passed by the West Virginia Legislature extends alcohol sales and purchasing hours. The new law took effect Monday, May 10, 2021.

People in the state can buy alcohol from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m. the next day. This change is for every day during the week, including Sundays for restaurants and clubs.

Spokesman with WVABCA, Gig Robinson, said the new law also gives restaurants the option to apply for a permit to allow alcohol with to-go and delivery orders.

“That would be if a patron online or by phone or by some other means orders alcohol in certain types of containers, there are some guidelines there with food,” Robinson said.

Robinson said with the to-go orders, you cannot already be seated at a restaurant and decide you want to take your drink to-go when you are done eating. For more information on the new law, visit the WVABCA website.

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