With much of the city effectively on lockdown, Portlanders can at least take solace in this: They can now get weed and booze while staying safely in their cars.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has temporarily altered its rules to allow curbside pickup of factory-sealed bottles of spirits. Customers can call in their orders, then have them brought out to the sidewalk by a clerk.
While Gov. Kate Brown's shelter in place order allowed liquor stores across the state to remain open, the change helps stores maintain social distancing while also allowing distilleries with onsite tasting rooms to sell to consumers.
Spokesperson Matthew Van Sickle says there has been discussion of allowing home delivery of spirits, and letting bars sell mixed drinks to go, but no decision on those measures has yet been made.
On Monday, the OLCC also approved curbside cannabis sales for licensed dispensaries.