New bill to offer beer, wine takeout and delivery

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Restaurants may soon be able to offer beer and wine through takeout and delivery. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker introduced the proposal in a bill that he is filing Tuesday.

If passed, the bill would allow Island restaurants to offer alcohol with their takeout orders.

The bill aims to assist municipalities across the state by cutting some bureaucratic procedures during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to beer and wine takeout and delivery, the bill would also grant Massachusetts’ K-12 education commissioner the ability to modify or waive Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) testing requirements.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito also discussed the bill, as Baker’s emergency order closing “nonessential businesses” kicked in at noon.

Baker also introduced a new texting alert service for people to receive updates on Massachusetts coronavirus response. People can sign up for the service by texting COVIDMA to 888-777.

Ten labs, in addition to the state public health lab, Quest Diagnostics, and LabCorp, are now testing for COVID-19.