Gov. Bill Lee Permits To-Go and Delivery Wine Sales in TN


***Sales have been extended to 4/14

Gov. Bill Lee Permits To-Go and Delivery Wine Sales in TN

Sealed wine sales are now permitted in the state of TN by restaurants selling to-go and delivery orders.

Please read this pdf for the entire declaration.

It is very important you abide by the stipulations in this document.

Governor Lee issued Executive Order No. 17. This Order goes into effect at 12:01 am on March 23, 2020 and is in effect until April 6, 2020.

Restaurants and Limited-Service Restaurants (bars) may sell alcohol to go (takeout or delivery) under the following conditions.

  • Alcohol must be sold in conjunction with a food order.
  • Alcohol must be in a secure container with a lid designed to prevent the customer from consuming while driving.
  • Wine and beer may be sold by the bottle, but spirits may not be sold by the bottle. Spirits can be sold by the drink.
  • Licensees must prominently post warning re: open containers at their location. CLICK HERE FOR SIGN TO BE PRINTED AND POSTED
  • Employee or contractor (delivery services) making delivery or sale must be twenty-one (21) years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Valid government ID must be inspected by the employee or contractor.
    Alcohol cannot be sold to anyone under the age of twenty-one (21) or visibly intoxicated.
  • Sales shall occur during normal state-mandated hours of 8 AM-3 AM Monday through Saturday and 10 AM-3 AM or 12P-3AM on Sundays (depending on your municipality.)

Also, please note that beer below 8% ABW is regulated by local beer boards. At this time, Metro Nashville Beer Board and Memphis Alcohol Commission have passed emergency rules allowing for the sales of beer by delivery and takeout.

FAQs FROM TENNESSEE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION – taken from this email from Hospitality TN

This blog post from Waller Law is also very helpful.

Q: During what times may I deliver alcohol or offer it to go?
A: During the times that the typical business hours of your establishment.

Q: If I run out of alcohol, can I buy alcohol from package stores?
A: No. You may only purchase alcoholic beverages from a licensed wholesaler?

Q: Will the 15% LBD tax apply to sales made pursuant to this order?
A: Please address all tax questions to the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Q: If I am a hotel, caterer or other type of LBD other than a restaurant, am I covered by this order and may I sell alcohol for off-premises consumption?
A: No. This order only applies to establishments licensed as full-service restaurants, wine only restaurants, and limited-service restaurants.

Q: If I have a wine only restaurant within a retail food store, can customers consume glasses or bottles of wine purchased at the wine only restaurant throughout the food store?
A: No. Such activity is prohibited via a statute separate from the general prohibition on selling for off-premises consumption and this separate provision is not affected by this executive order?

Q: Does an employee who will be delivering or selling to go alcohol need a server permit?
A: Not at this time, no.

Q: Can I deliver alcohol and sell it to go after April 6?
A: No, unless this executive order is extended past April 6 or a new executive order authorizing such activity after April 6 is issued.

Q: Can I sell bottles of spirits?
A: No, bottles of wine may be sold and individual servings containing spirits, but you may not sell bottles of spirits.

Q: Must I sell food with every order containing alcohol?
A: Yes, at least some items of food must be sold in every order containing alcohol.

Q: Must we physically touch identification to verify age?
A: No, any reasonable visual inspection will suffice.

Q: Do I need an additional license, permit or permission to deliver?
A: No.

Q: Can I sell bottles of spirits?
A: No, bottles of wine may be sold and individual servings containing spirits, but you may not sell bottles of spirits.

Q: If my city prohibits the delivery of beer, may I still deliver beer pursuant to this executive order?
A: Yes. The executive order supersedes any local ordinance to the contrary. However, a city may be able to allow activity related to beer that goes beyond what is authorized by this executive order.

Q: What must the warning that is required to be posted pursuant to the executive order include?
A: The warning must include this language: “No driver shall consume any alcoholic beverage or beer or possess an open container of alcoholic beverage or beer while operating a motor vehicle in this state.” A sample will be posted on the TABC website soon at

COVID-19 Posts:

Work for the Service Industry


TN Unemployment Application

Memphis Chamber list of jobs available right now. ***This is a very long list of Memphis opportunities!

Taylor Berger has started this service:
Two Broke Bartenders and a Truck – If you don’t feel comfortable leaving your house, get help from recently displaced workers. Call 901-504-4749 or fill out the form on their website to ask for assistance. They offer to shop, pick up groceries, cook, make drinks, unclog toilets, fix doorknobs, move stuff, or anything else you need. For now, this service is employing his own employees, but reach out in case he has demand for more.

Trezevant Manor is hiringapply here.

Eagle Distributing is hiringsee info hereEagle Job Description PDF

East of Chicago Pizza Germantown has a “we’re hiring” sign on their door.

Target is hiring – here is the link.

Kroger is hiring – here is the link.

The Recruiting Manager for Comfort-Keepers-Midsouth has reached out. They are hiring and you can apply online here. They provide in-home Caregivers and Companions who attend to the NON-medical needs of Seniors in Shelby, Tipton and Desoto Counties and are currently hiring for multiple positions, shifts and locations. They require that caregivers have a personal vehicle, valid driver’s license and current auto insurance.  They typically also prefer at least 2 years of experience, but depending on the life experience of the candidates, they will consider personal/family experience in caregiving in addition to an actual facility or private care experience.


Please consider forwarding information on your displaced associates. We will forward it to the HR departments of companies that are hiring.  If you have a list of displaced employees, please send that list, along with your contact information, to

Include as much info that you have available, including the associates’:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Zip Code

Additionally, you can ask individual associates to submit their information directly at

HospitalityTN has partnered with the Tennessee Grocers & Convenient Store Association, the Retail Association, and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce to quickly connect hospitality industry job seekers to hiring companies in the grocery, retail, and logistics industries.  This new program, called “Tennessee Talent Exchange”, is designed to help transition workers from one industry in need of immediate employment to job opportunities in another industry that is current in need of an expanded workforce. Click this link for more information.

Delivery Services

Please see this post for companies that offer meal delivery. Your employee may be able to find work as a delivery driver.

Other Work

Walmart, Costco, and Amazon are benefiting and booming during this crisis. Consider applying there (or in Amazon’s case, applying as a delivery driver.)

Gig work

Shipt and Instacart allow one to choose their hours. Uber and Lyft probably need more drivers right now.

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Taste901ToGo Social Media Campaign


Dear Partners in Industry,

Old Dominick is very aware of the uncertain and difficult times our community is currently facing and we want to be sure our friends and neighbors in the bar and restaurant industry still feel our support. Will you join us in encouraging our local Memphians to order “to go” from their “go to” restaurant? Our hope is that by using our collective social media platforms and #taste901togo, we can create a movement in our local community and provide major assistance to our bar/restaurant partners when they need it the most.

I have included copy for Facebook and Instagram and attached an image for your platforms. The posts are built and ready to go, or feel free to make the posts your own using #taste901togo! We hope you will join us in supporting local Memphis.


Help us support local Memphis businesses! Read on! The restaurant and hospitality industry is currently facing one of the greatest challenges it has ever seen. We don’t want to see a single local Memphis restaurant close its doors for good. That’s why we’re encouraging Memphians to #taste901togo.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Continue to order to-go, curbside, or delivery from your favorite local restaurants.
  2. Share with your friends on social media, tag the restaurant in your post and use #taste901togo.
  3. Help us spread this message by sharing with your friends.

Looking for another way to show your support from home? Check the link in the comments section! (


HELP US SUPPORT LOCAL MEMPHIS. Read on to find out how!

The restaurant and hospitality industry is currently facing one of the greatest challenges it has ever seen. And we don’t want to see a single local Memphis restaurant close its doors for good. That’s why we’re encouraging Memphians to #taste901togo. Please continue to order to-go, curbside, or delivery from your favorite local restaurants, then share with your friends on social media. Be sure to tag the restaurant and use #taste901togo! Please help us spread this message by sharing to your story!


Clark Schifani

Old Dominick Distillery

305 S. Front St Memphis,TN 38103

Sales Director

M (901) 581-0104

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Ways you can help

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  • Donate to the Community Foundation Mid-South COVID-19 Response Fund
    • This fund is dispersing grants until April 6. APPLY NOW!
  • Donate to the Memphis Food Industry Emergency Worker Assistance Relief Fund this is a GoFundMe organized by Edible Memphis
  • Donate to the Memphis Virtual Tip Jar for individual service industry workers.
  • Donate to the Mid-South Food Bank. They have bulk buying power, so it’s better to donate money.
  • When you have a drink at home, tip a server.
  • If you order delivery or curbside pickup, consider adding $1, $5, or even $10 to your tab (on top of your tip) to give a further boost to the restaurant workers. (Thank you for this idea from a concerned Le Bonheur surgeon who reached out to us!)
  • Salvation Army Canteen is using local restaurants to feed those in need. Please donate here. It’s a win-win!
  • Old Dominick Distillery’s Raising Spirits program supports the hospitality industry. From April 17 to May 31, five dollars from every Old Dominick bottle sold at participating Memphis area liquor stores will be donated to the Memphis Area Hospitality Resource Fund, established by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.
  • Buy a shirt that supports the TN Action For Hospitality.
  • Donate to supports the TN Action For Hospitality.
  • #FeedTheFrontLines initiative for Memphis collects donations, then uses those donations to purchase meals from local restaurants and deliver them to medical workers.

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To-Go Beer Sales Ordinance Passed

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Restaurants and Associates,

We have been informed that a temporary Memphis ordinance was passed this morning to allow to-go beer sales.

You can start immediately. It covers only beer in “sealed containers” and includes bottles, canned beers & growlers.

(Our advocacy groups are continuing to work on liquor and wine sales at the state ABC level.)

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Curbside Parking

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The Downtown Memphis Commission is working with the Memphis City Engineers to bag (cover) parking meters Downtown and in Midtown for restaurants to utilize for their curbside and to-go pickup.

We have been informed that no streets may be blocked (for safety purposes) and no normal traffic lanes may be used.

Please contact the Downtown Memphis Commission here.

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Ways You Can Take Action

Phone call

Contact these people: (Here’s how to find your elected official’s contact info.)

  • President Donald Trump (202) 456-1111 @potus @realDonaldTrump Twitter
  • TN Governor Bill Lee (615) 741-2001 @govbilllee Instagram & Twitter
  • Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland (901) 761-2720 Twitter @stricklandmayor @MayorMemphis Instagram @mayorjimstrickland
  • Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris (901) 222-2300 @MayorLeeHarris Twitter & Instagram
  • US Representative – find contact info here (upper right there is a box to enter your zip code).
  • US Senator Marsha Blackburn (202) 224-3344 @MarshaBlackburn Twitter & Instagram
  • US Senator Lamar Alexander (202) 224-4944 @senalexander Twitter & Instagram @LamarAlexander another Twitter
  • Find your state officials here.
  • Memphis Councilman Dr. Jeff Warren Toll-Free Number: 800-659-2955 Local Number: 901-494-6906 Director of Program Number: 901-222-6700

Calling is always the best way!

In addition, if you are posting on social media, please use these hashtags:

#RallyforRestaurants @action_for_hospitality #RestaurantRecovery #taste901togo

Here is a letter to share on your social media about saving TN Hospitality.

Here is another one to share started by Old Dominick.

Take the survey by Memphis Chamber – March 23-27.

Take the survey by the National Restaurant Association.

Tell Congress to Support Restaurants and Our Employees! National Restaurant Association – this form will email directly your legislators.

Tell Congress to Support Restaurants and Our Employees! U.S. Travel Association – this form will email directly your legislators.

Text RECOVERY to 52886

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Memphis restaurants that are open for business

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Memphis restaurants that are open for business (no dine-in as of 3/19)

MRA COVID-19 Posts:

COVID-19 Resources and Links


Update 3/31:

Thanks, Memphis Travel for letting us know about this Facebook group. They created a group for members of the tourism & hospitality industry to share information during this pandemic. The focus of this group is on the changes to strategy and tactics necessary during social distancing and quarantine. We’d love some restaurants in the group to share what they have been doing that has helped engage their customers and social following. Join by clicking here.


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Executive Summary for Restaurants
Summary compiled by the National Restaurant Association

Memphis restaurants that are open for business (no dine-in as of 3/19)

We have compiled several lists already in progress here. Please click here to find restaurants open.

Help from home

Click this post for ways to help the restaurant industry without leaving your house.

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Resource links

  • TN Mass Layoff List – This is the preferred method if your business has already closed and you are not in contact with employees. Employers provide the state with a list of employee names and other required information to expedite the approval process of an unemployment claim.
  • Patrick Accounting (one of our members and sponsors) is helping their clients. Read how here.
  • It is our understanding that employers can still offer health insurance to their furloughed or laid off employees if they are able. Please contact Sally Pace (click for email) CHC Healthcare with questions.
  • Take this survey by Memphis Chamber which applies to March 23-27.
  • Take the survey by the National Restaurant Association.
  • Memphis Chamber list of jobs available right now. (More job ideas on our jobs page.)
  • Evans Petree Law Firm – Our firm is already working with small to medium-sized businesses across varying industries to evaluate qualifications and benefits available under The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The Cares act expands existing eligibility requirements and provides greater funding opportunities for businesses seeking relief from the federal government under two Small Business Administration Loan programs. Under the SBA 7(a) program, businesses are eligible to borrow up to $10 million with significant loan forgiveness if the funds are used for payroll, lease payments, and other general expenses. Under the disaster assistance program, businesses are eligible to borrow up to $2 million. We are working to create a simple and concise chart comparing the salient aspects of both the SBA 7(a) loan program and the disaster assistance program, and we hope to have that for you shortly. We are available to discuss the programs further or assist them in the application process. See the chart here.
  • Register to watch the replay of this webinar by Whirks and Patrick Accounting about Updates and Q&A for Employers: COVID-19
  • Click this link to a replay of a webinar by the National Restaurant Association about the CARES Act.
  • FROM MLGW – How to reduce your energy costs when closed for dine-in business. Click for the pdf.

Hospitality TN links.

Memphis Chamber links.

Memphis Tourism links.

National Restaurant Association links.


TN Businesses Now Eligible for SBA Loans!


President Trump announced a $50 billion aid package to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 emergency, including a major block of federally sponsored funding to small businesses through the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). [Trump Calls for $50B in SBA Loans to Combat COVID-19] SBA will administer loans to impacted businesses through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program, which is a direct lending program through the SBA:

  • The loan program provides capital to businesses impacted by natural disasters, such as the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Loans of up to $2 million are available at very low rates for up to 30 year terms.
  • Loan proceeds may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
  • On a case by case basis, loans offered under this program may have a forgiveness clause as a feature.

In order for businesses to gain access to the program, they must be within an area that has been designated as an impacted area (state of emergency) by the Governor of the impacted state. As of 3/18/2020 Tennessee has not been designated as eligible for the COVID-19 EIDL program but we anticipate an announcement in the near future.

TN Businesses Now Eligible for SBA Loans! Read more here.

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These loans carry higher risks and low interest rates and are designed as an abatement measure to sustain businesses. As a result, this program is offered directly through the SBA and not partner banks.

Impacted businesses:

Please visit here for more information. You will likely expedite your electronic application submission if you collect all of the required information prior to the electronic submission. Please visit review the SBA Form 5 (found here) to understand the documentation and information required for the disaster loan application. Additional documentation referenced within SBA Form 5 can be found here. Please note that the purpose of reviewing these forms is to understand the information required for electronic submission.
To apply, please visit here.
Additional questions can be answered by the SBA Disaster Loan processing center at 1-800-659-2955.

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