Cocktail Delivery Isn’t Just for Pandemics
C. Jarrett Dieterle, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, says that the answer is two-fold: on one hand, burgeoning technology has rapidly remade the delivery sphere, with an onslaught of third-party independent contractors—those on UberEats and DoorDash, for example—inserted into a highly regulated world. The existing legal framework in most states and cities wasn’t set up to accommodate those types of exchanges.
On a deeper level, our convoluted system “prioritizes different licenses for different things,” hindering the ability to “creatively experiment outside of that,” Dieterle says. The current coronavirus crisis has forced some lawmakers into letting private actors do just that, and they shouldn’t let that experiment end.
Though it’s impossible to know if the relaxed regs will stick, Dieterle is hopeful. “Once people see the convenience of it, I think they’re going to want it, and I think governments will hopefully feel some pressure to expand it permanently,” he says. “Obviously I don’t know for sure, but it seems to me likely that this could create, in a weird way, some momentum towards that.”