Las Vegas City Council green lights at-home alcohol deliveries as businesses struggle with pandemic restrictions

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A pack of six stubbies of premium lager from Australian drinks giant Foster's Group is displayed in Sydney on August 25, 2009 as the company announces a four percent rise in annual net profit as a strong domestic beer market offset declining wine earnings. (GREG WOOD/AFP via Getty Images)

A pack of six stubbies of premium lager from Australian drinks giant Foster’s Group is displayed in Sydney on August 25, 2009 as the company announces a four percent rise in annual net profit as a strong domestic beer market offset declining wine earnings. (GREG WOOD/AFP via Getty Images)

Las Vegas city residents will be able to dial for drink deliveries at home under a new law approved by the City Council.

The measure passed Wednesday lets restaurants and convenience stores deliver alcohol through third-party services. It was cast as a boost for businesses struggling with coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Councilman Stavros Anthony, the sponsor, said it connects “someone at home who wants a 12-pack of beer” with stores and third-party deliverers.

The delivery of beer, wine and liquor to the city’s nearly 635,000 residents will be allowed starting Sunday.

The Las Vegas Strip and unincorporated Clark County are outside the city.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman sought assurances that restaurant patrons would not order beverages from elsewhere to drink on-site, and Councilwoman Olivia Diaz asked whether underage children might try to obtain alcohol.

Councilwoman Michele Fiore alone voted against the proposal, citing opposition from city liquor establishments, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported .

The bill requires stores and restaurants to have licenses to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption and an ancillary license, and for third-party services to obtain a new $4,000 delivery license.

Licensees will be required to ensure drivers are at least 21 years old, undergo background checks and training on the illegality of selling to minors, and to keep transaction records.

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