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Erwin board passes emergency ordinance to resume alcohol sales

Sue Guinn Legg • Apr 16, 2020 at 8:11 PM

ERWIN — The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed an emergency ordinance to allow the town’s on- and off-premise alcohol retailers to resume doing business during the coronavirus shutdown.

In a special called meeting on Thursday, the board voted to allow businesses licensed to sell alcohol to resume sales at their doors, curbside and by home delivery effective immediately through May 31.

Town Attorney Tom Seeley said all other regulations governing alcohol sales in Erwin will remain in effect alongside the special provisions set out by the ordinance.

Alderman Michael Baker, who co-owns Union Street Tap Room in downtown Erwin, abstained from Thursday's vote but spoke in favor of the emergency ordinance in Monday’s meeting of the town’s Beverage Board.

On Monday, Baker urged his fellow members of both boards to move the measure forward as quickly as possible to allow his employees to get back to work. And the Beverage Board, with Baker abstaining, voted to recommend the emergency ordinance to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Mayor Doris Hensley said nonessential businesses in Erwin have been closed since March 22 and since then similar requests for the emergency measure had been made by numerous other businesses selling alcohol in Erwin.

“This is the same as what has been done by surrounding cities and towns,” Hensley said.

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