Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.

One byproduct of the states’ coronavirus responses? States are having to tinker with the liquor control laws and in at least one state, that’s lead to the return of Prohibition.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all state-run liquor stores to close as part of the effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. Because the state runs the liquor stores, the order effectively means that, for an indefinite period of time, Pennsylvania is a dry state.

In neighboring New Jersey, the state briefly relaxed regulations barring craft brewers and distillers from offering pick-up and delivery service. The ban was quickly reinstated, though it may be relaxed once again if the state can come up with a way to amend existing law.

But not all is policy gloom and regulatory doom.

In Virginia, the governor has allowed the state-controlled liquor stores to remain open, though with reduced hours,  and local brewers and distillers, plus restaurants, can offer delivery or pick-up.

And in Colorado, which also has a stay-at-home order in place, both liquor and recreational marijuana stores are open (just make sure you keep six feet between you and the other customers).

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