Latest Alcohol laws and regulations News

No Cheers: Tokyo Olympic Village considering ban on alcohol

Jun. 09, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic Village has traditionally been a fun place to be, housing thousands of young athletes and staff ready to party and share a few beers and bubbly toasts. But not at the Tokyo Olympics, which are to open in just over six weeks amid a pandemic....

German military to ship surplus beer back from Afghanistan

Jun. 07, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German military says it has found a solution for an unusual logistics problem its troops in Afghanistan face: a glut of beer. Defense Ministry spokeswoman Christina Routsi said Monday that a recent decision by the German commander in Afghanistan to ban...

More Southern bars to allow to-go booze post-pandemic

Jun. 06, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Restaurants suffered more than most businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dining rooms were closed or severely limited when the virus began spreading in March 2020. Restaurants that remained open relied on to-go orders. Many states, however, offered some relief by...

COVID-19 shot comes with a free beer under new Illinois law

Jun. 02, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Get the shot, then relax with a shot, or a beer. That's the incentive for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 under legislation Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Wednesday. The Democrat's action came on the same day...

Lawmakers get warning for excessive drinking during sessions

Jun. 02, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Speaker of the House Matt Ritter warned Wednesday that lawmakers who continue to drink alcohol excessively during legislative sessions could face serious consequences, including losing coveted committee assignments. The Hartford...

NY lifts statewide virus curfew for indoor bars, eateries

May. 31, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

Bars and restaurants no longer have to close at midnight across New York state, as its coronavirus curfew for indoor dining ended Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month that the restriction would be lifted. With that, establishments can return to the closing...

Park officials ban alcohol at northwest Indiana beach

May. 29, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Park officials have ordered an emergency ban on booze at a northwestern Indiana beach due to fights and other disorderly behavior among visitors. The alcohol ban at Porter Beach in Porter was announced Friday afternoon and remains in effect to Sept....

Carry-out alcohol from restaurants becomes permanently legal

May. 26, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska restaurants can now offer carry-out alcohol permanently under a new state law inspired by Gov. Pete Ricketts' efforts to help struggling businesses during the pandemic. Ricketts announced Wednesday that he signed the measure into law. It...

Nebraska to end extra $300-a-week pandemic unemployment cash

May. 24, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will end a $300-a-week unemployment bonus that has been going to jobless workers during the pandemic, Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday as he declared a “return to normalcy” and rescinded the last of his virus-related executive orders. ...

Georgia city says building to aid beach rule enforcement

May. 22, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Officials on a Georgia coastal island say they hope a new police substation can help crack down on problems like public drunkenness and littering on the city beach. WTOC-TV reports Tybee Island is spending $200,000 to...