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COVID-19 Guidance from State ABCs

Wine Institute State Relations team has compiled state-by-state guidance for ABC licensees in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

For a summary of the latest state-by-state closures and other restrictions on restaurants, retailers, bars and other wine sales outlets see this listing.

Last Updated: April 3, 2020

 

Federal

New COVID-19 Page on TTB.Gov  announced March 30, 2020

  • All of TTB’s COVID-19 related news and guidance is now in one location.
  • TTB is encouraging industry members to check the page frequently to find new or updated information to help their business respond to the COVID-19 national emergency. 

 

Alabama

ABC COVID-19 Updates

  • Answers to common questions regarding restrictions placed on businesses, including, applications and permits, gift cards, liquor liability insurance and the the latest updates.

State Public Health Order – Safer at Home issued March 27, 2020

  • All non-work gatherings of 10 persons or more, or non-work gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited (effective March 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Safer at Home FAQ
  • Listing of essential businesses

ABC FAQ Regarding Temporary Emergency Rule 20-X-6-.19 issued March 18, 2020

  • Guidance for curbside sales

Emergency Curbside Sales Authorization issued March 17, 2020

ABC Board Announces Operational Changes issued March 17, 2020

Alaska

FAQ on Health Mandate 011: Social-Distancing & Health Mandate 012: Intrastate Travel issued March 27, 2020

Health Mandate 003: Statewide Closure of Restaurants, Bars  issued March 17, 2020

  • Orders closing of all public dine-in services, including bars, restaurants, breweries. Take-out and pick-up are permitted. The closure is until April 1, 2020 at 5 pm.

Arizona

DLLC COVID-19 Ad Hoc Online Licensing Tool issued March 31, 2020

DLLC COVID-19 Business Operations Update UPDATED March 31, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces 90-Day Fee Relief For Restaurants, Bars Impacted By COVID-19  issued March 31, 2020

  • DLLC will defer the payment of all liquor licensing fees by 90 days.

Executive Order: 2020-18 Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected issued March 30, 2020

  • Restaurants may remain open for take-out and delivery.

Executive Order: 2020-17 Defer Renewals issued March 26, 2020

DLLC Guidance Governor’s Executive Order 2020-09 issued March 20, 2020

  • Non-Restaurant Retailers May Deliver Spirituous Liquor.
  • The Department has confirmed that the Order permits the sale of mixed drinks that meet this requirement.
  • Restaurant licensees may use delivery services including themselves
  • Provides information for meeting “sealed container” requirements and gross food-sales percentage and volume limitations.

Governor Ducey Announces Latest COVID-19 Actions issued March 19, 2020

Executive Order 2020-09 Limiting The Operations Of Certain Businesses To Slow The Spread Of COVID-19 issued March 19, 2020

  • Requires restaurants in  counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to close access to on-site dining. Restaurants may continue to offer alcohol with food orders through pick-up, delivery and drive-through operations.

COVID-19 Wholesaler Returns issued March 13, 2020

  • Provides guidance on returns to wholesalers by retailers due to event cancellations related to COVID-19.

 

Arkansas

Executive Order 20-10 Amending EO-20-03 Regarding the Public Health Emergency issued March 26, 2020

  • Prohibits indoor and enclosed outdoor social gatherings of more than 10 people, with limited exceptions.

Emergency Rule Changes Regarding The Sale of Alcoholic Beverages issued March 19, 2020

  • Pursuant to the Governor’s March 17th Proclamation the DFA has suspended regulations that would prevent restaurants from delivering wine.

California

ABC Second Notice of Regulatory Relief issued April 1, 2020

ABC Temporary Fee Relief for Licensees April 1, 2020

  • ABC Announces 30-Day extension on Annual License Renewal Fees and Late Renewal Penalty Fees

ABC Guidance by License Type issued March 27, 2020

  • Guidance on how the temporary suspension of enforcement of specific legal prohibitions affect specific license types, including to-go and delivery sales.

ABC Notice of Regulatory Relief – FAQ’s updated March 25, 2020, ABC will continue to update as needed

  • COVID-19 related guidance for business practices including: enforcement, renewal fees, to-go and delivery sales, and charitable activities and donations.

ABC: Notice of Regulatory Relief issued March 19, 2020

Office Closures, Update on Daily Licenses, Catering and Event Authorizations, and LEAD Training issued March 18, 2020

Guidance to Licensees on Limitations of On-Sale Privileges issued March 17, 2020

CDTFA COVID-19 State of Emergency

  • Guidance for requesting tax relief during the 60-day window specified in the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Order.

Colorado

LED – Growlers and Crowlers Update issued April 2, 2020

Bulletin 20-03 Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division Notice Guidance Regarding LED Response to COVID-19 issued April 1, 2020

LED Emergency Regulation 47-1101 Delivery and Take Out Sales Authorized Under Executive Order(s) issued April 1, 2020

  • Allows on-premise licensees to sell mixed drinks in a closed sealed container with food orders for take-out and delivery.

Emergency Warning Label for Delivery and Take Out issued April 1, 2020

  • The warning label will need to be attached to all Take Out Items of Alcohol Beverages.

Gov. Polis Announces Statewide Stay-At-Home Order issued March 25, 2020

LED Notice: Temporary Suspension of Enforcement on On-Premise Retailed Licensees and Breweries to Sell, Deliver or Provide Alcohol for Take-out issued March 20, 2020

  • Allows on-premise retail establishments  and breweries to sell, delivery or provide alcohol for take-out.

LED – Operation Updates issued March 17, 2020

  • As of March 18, 2020, the LED will deliver services remotely or via mail. The Division will continue to process licenses using a dropbox for paper forms and checks located at 1697 Cole Boulevard, Suite 200A Lakewood, CO 80401.
  • LED is receiving many questions regarding alcohol delivery, product returns, extension of credit, and the delay of license renewals. These items require review from offices outside of the LED, and the correct decision makers have been made aware of industry members and stakeholders’ concerns.

LED Bulletin 20-2 Lawful Product Returns For Event Cancellations Attributable to COVID-19 Concerns issued March 13, 2020

Connecticut

State Extends Filing and Payment Deadlines for Sales Tax and Room Occupancy Tax issued March 30, 2020

  • DRS has extended the filing and payment deadline for sales tax returns for  taxpayers that have $150,000 or less in annual taxpayer liability.

DCP Implementation Order To Implement Executive Order 7R issued March 31, 2020

  • Guidance for Limits on Curbside Delivery by Package Stores and Grocery Stores

Executive Order No. 7R issued March 31, 2020

  • Allows for curbside pickup of alcoholic beverages from package stores.

Governor Lamont Releases Guidance to Businesses on Order Asking Connecticut to ‘Stay Safe, Stay Home’ issued March 22, 2020

DCP Issues Implementation Order Regarding Sale of Liquor for Off Premises Consumption issued March 19, 2020

  • Permits certain restaurants and other eating establishments to sell alcohol with take-out food orders and certain other licensees to sell for off-premise consumption under conditions specified in the order.
  • The order will be in effect 12:00 noon tomorrow, Friday, March 20th

 

Delaware

Non-Essential Businesses to Close issued March 22, 2020

  • Governor Carney issued the fourth and fifth modifications to his State of Emergency declaration ordering all essential businesses to close effective March 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Retailers that sell alcohol, beer and wine, and any wholesalers or distributors of those products are considered essential services that can remain open.
  • Restaurants are still permitted to offer carryout and delivery services. Alcohol sales are permitted for carryout only.

Governor Carney Issues Second Update to Emergency Declaration issued March 18, 2020

District of Columbia

Mayor Bowser Issues Stay at Home Order  issued March 30, 2020 effective April 1, 2020

Notice of Emergency Rulemaking – Temporary Restaurant Endorsement and Safekeeping of License issued March 25, 2020

  • Extends beer, wine, and spirits carry-out and delivery privileges to ABC-licensed hotels, multipurpose facilities, private clubs, and food retailers with commercial street footage at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. All alcohol sales must be accompanied by at least one (1) prepared food item.
  • Also see, ABC-Licensed Beer, Wine and Spirits Carry-Out and Delivery FAQ

Mayor Bowser Orders Closure of Non-Essential Businesses issued March 24, 2020

ABRA GUIDANCE | COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 issued March 17, 2020

  • The COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 included a provision that allows ABC-licensed restaurants and taverns to sell beer, wine, and spirits in closed containers for carry-out and/or delivery to D.C. residences in conjunction with the purchase of one or more prepared food items. Before an eligible restaurant or tavern may sell beer, wine, and spirits in closed containers for carry-out and delivery, they must register with ABRA—no exceptions.
  • Also see, ABC-Licensed Beer, Wine and Spirits Carry-Out and Delivery FAQ

Florida

#2020-91 Executive Order re: Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency issued April 1, 2020

  • Restaurants can stay open for take-out and delivery sales and retail licensees can remain open.

DBPR – Frequently Asked Questions re: EO 20-71 for Restaurants, Bars, and Nightclubs UPDATED March 26, 2020

#2020-71 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms issued March 20, 2020

  • Allows restaurants to sell alcohol as part of take-out or delivery orders.

Executive Order 20-70: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Broward and Palm Beach County Closures issued March 20, 2020

State of Florida Requirements for Restaurants, Bars and Nightclubs issued March 17, 2020

Executive Order 20-68: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Regarding Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs; Beaches; and Restaurants  issued March 17, 2020

DBPR Emergency Order 2020-01 – Issued March 16, 2020

  • DBPR Emergency Order 2020-01 suspends the license renewal deadline for a period of 30 days following the existing renewal deadline for any license, permit, registration, or certificate with an expiration occurring in March or April. The order also provides that license renewal requirements for completion of continuing education, if applicable, are also suspended for the same time period.

Georgia

Executive Order  04.02.20.01 – Statewide Shelter in Place issued April 2, 2020

County-by-county: Here’s who has curfews, state of emergencies and what they mean as of March 25, 2020

Policy Bulletin ATD 2020-01 Alcohol Retail Licensee FAQ effective March 24, 2020

  • Detailed Information for Sales of Alcoholic Beverages via Carry-Out, Drive-In Window or Curbside Delivery/Pickup

City of Atlanta COVID-19 Administrative and Executive Order issued March 20, 2020

  • Allows restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments where food is served to offer beer and wine via delivery service, drive-through, or take-out while closed for dine-in services.

Hawaii

Statewide Stay-at-Home Order: effective March 25, 2020 through April 30, 2020 issued March 23, 2020

City and County of Honolulu:

Honolulu Liquor Commission – Licensee Announcement Growlers and Recorking

  • Licensees engaged in meal service may permit the removal of any unconsumed portion of wine, liquor, or beer that was ordered for consumption with a meal, provided the product is recorked/resealed in the original container. At this time, Honolulu is requiring that the product be opened and resealed prior to being provided to the customer even if no product has been consumed.
  • Recorking is available for meals prepared for pick-up or delivery.

Honolulu Liquor Commission Operations Update issued March 23, 2020

Mayor’s Emergency Order 2020-02 issued March 22, 2020

Mayor’s Emergency Order 2020-01 issued March 20, 2020

Rules of the Mayor issued March 20, 2020

Mayor Caldwell’s Supplemental Proclamation issued March 18, 2020

Mayor Caldwell’s COVID-19 Proclamation issued March 4, 2020

County of Kauai:

Emergency Rule #5 issued March 24, 2020

Emergency Rule #4 issued March 21, 2020

​Emergency Rule #3 issued March 21, 2020

Emergency Rule #2 AMENDED issued March 19, 2020

Emergency Rule #2 issued March 18, 2020

Emergency Rule #1 issued March 16, 2020

Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation issued March 4, 2020

County of Maui: 

COVID-19 Update Presentation Slides issued March 24, 2020

03-22 Amended Public Health Emergency Rules issued March 22, 2020

Public Health Emergency Proclamation issued March 4, 2020

Hawaii County:

Supplementary Emergency Proclamation Regarding Price Gouging March 11, 2020

Emergency Proclamation by Mayor Kim to Prepare for Coronavirus issued Feb. 28, 2020

Idaho

Idaho State Liquor Division COVID-19 Update issued March 31, 2020

Statewide Stay-Home Order FAQs updated March 25, 2020

Detailed list of essential services and business updated March 25, 2020

  • Off-premise retailers of beer, wine and spirits can remain open.

Governor Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration (press release) issued March 25, 2020

Governor Little’s extreme emergency declaration issued March 25, 2020, effective immediately

Guidelines for Alcohol Delivery issued March 23, 2020

Idaho Alcohol Beverage Control Update

  • ABC staff members are working under limited, modified schedules and industry members are encouraged to utilize email and online services to conduct business with their office.

Illinois

COVID-19 Related Action: Continuance of Liquor Sales issued March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Related Action: “To-Go” Sales and Delivery of Premixed Cocktails issued March 29, 2020

  • Reminds retailers that the Commission has not authorized the sale of premixed cocktails in non-original containers for off-premises consumption.

ILCC COVID-19 FAQ’s as of March 20, 2020 (updated to reflect the Executive Order, issued on March 20, 2020 and effective beginning March 21, 2020)

COVID-19 Executive Order issued March 20, 2020

  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker today issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state starting Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. through April 7.

Guidance on State Licenses expiring March 31, 2020, April 30, 2020, and May 31, 2020 issued March 19, 2020

  • Due to the hardships on liquor license holders as a result of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, all licenses expiring on March 31, 2020, April 30, 2020, and May 31, 2020 are extended until July 31, 2020.
  • Late fees will not be accessed as long as the license is renewed on or before July 31, 2020.

Guidance on Temporary Delivery of Alcoholic Liquor issued March 19, 2020

  • Subject to the approval of the local liquor control commission, all retail licensees, including on-premises only licensees, may conduct packaged sales, “to go” sales, curbside deliveries, home residential deliveries, and any other sale or delivery intended to promote social distancing.
  • Subject to authorization of the local liquor control commission, Retailers and Temporary Delivery Licensees may use third party delivery services.

Guidance on Thirty (30) Day Credit Law Reporting – Retailer Delinquencies Bona Fide Dispute Process

COVID-19 Temporary ILCC Policies and Suspension of Public Access to ILCC Offices issued March 17, 2020

  • Guidance on newly required procedures stemming from COVID-19 precautions to all ILCC licensees and new applicants.

ILCC COVID-19 Related Action Compliance Directive issued March 16, 2020

  • Guidance issued in consideration of Executive Order 2020-07 mandating that “all businesses in the State of Illinois that all restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and food halls must suspend service for and may not permit on-premises consumption.”

City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) FAQ document for Restaurants and Taverns issued March 16, 2020

Indiana

Executive Order 20-14 Continuation of EOs 20-04, 20-10, and 20-11 Pertaining to Restaurants and Alcoholic Beverages  issued March 31, 2020

  • Prohibits in-person dining in an establishment’s parking lot, patio and other outside seating
  • Permits taking the alcohol to a vehicle adjacent to the restaurant premises
  • States that this does not permit the carryout of mixed drinks

Executive Order 20-11 Relating To Carryout Consumption of Alcohol  issued March 23, 2020

Stay at Home Executive Order 20-08, deeming grocery stores, restaurants for carryout and liquor stores as essential services issued March 23, 2020

ATC COVID-19 Actions – updated as needed

  • On March 23, 2020, Governor Holcomb announced a number of modifications and suspensions of state statutes related to ATC, including: extension of alcohol permits that expire during this emergency,  carryout sales of alcoholic beverages, product returns and signature requirements.

Carryout & Extension Information, Memo from Chairman David Cook issued March 18, 2020

  • Pursuant to the Governor Holcomb’s executive order 20-04, “restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other establishments that provide in-dining services are required to close to in-person patrons through March 31, 2020, but these entities are authorized to provide drive-thru, take-out and delivery.”

Iowa

Governor’s Proclamation issued March 31, 2020

  • The Iowa Governor has temporarily suspended what bars, restaurants, and taverns can do in that “mixed drinks or cocktails may be sold if sealed with a lid or other method of securing the product and promptly taken from the premises prior to any consumption, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the beverage is delivered to customers off the premises.”
  • ABD Guidance for Temporary Off-Premises Sales Privileges for Class “C” Liquor Licensees 

Gov. Reynolds grants temporary relief to Iowa bars and restaurants impacted by COVID-19 issued March 20, 2020

  • Bars, restaurants and other alcohol retailers holding a class “C” liquor license issued by ABD may sell alcoholic liquor and wine in original, unopened containers for carry-out, curb-side pickup, drive-through or home delivery without obtaining an additional license, permit or privilege.
  • Breweries, brewpubs and beer retailers may fill and sell growlers or crowlers of beer to-go without requiring an in-person sales transaction.
  • Beer barrel tax and wine gallonage tax reporting and remittance is temporarily deferred.
  • Seasonal and temporary alcohol license and permit holders may request a refund of their license or permit fees.

ABD COVID-19 Updates  UPDATED April 1, 2020

  • ABD is adhering to the federal TTB guidance on returns to wholesalers by retailers due to event cancellations related to COVID-19.
  • Lists requirements and restrictions for deliveries of alcoholic liquor, wine or beer to consumers.

 

Kansas

Governor Kelly issues temporary, statewide Stay Home order in ongoing effort to combat COVID-19 issued March 28, 2020

ABC Memo – COVID-19 Concerns Regarding Sales on the Licensed Premises issued March 18, 2020

  • The ABC has adopted a policy to allow a licensee to make “curbside” sales to customers.  The memo contains guidelines for such sales.

ABC Licensee Notification issued March 18, 2020

  • The ABC Division will be closed beginning March 23, 2020 due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.
  • To ensure licenses do not expire during this time, the ABC will automatically extend the license term for 30 days for all active licenses that expire between March 19 and April 30 that have not already been renewed. The ABC is also granting a 30 day extension on any monthly reports due during this time.

COVID-19 Concerns Regarding Distributor Practices issued March 17, 2020

Kentucky

Restaurant Alcohol Order – FAQ UPDATED April 1, 2020

  • Guidance related to the Governor’s Closure Order and the Cabinet’s Order related to alcohol sales with food delivery and carry-out.

ABC Order 2020-215 issued March 19, 2020

  • Restaurants that have an active liquor license, that are also doing food delivery or carry out, may also deliver sealed alcoholic beverages, in their original containers to customers.

Louisiana

Liquor Sales Are Not Suspended issued March 26, 2020

Due To COVID-19 Temporarily, Retailers May Use Credit Cards To Purchase From Wine & Spirits Wholesalers issued March 25, 2020

Due to COVID-19 Restaurants May Offer Packaged Beer & Wine With Curbside Pick-Up Or Delivery issued May 23, 2020

  • Licensees that only offer curbside delivery or pick-up are not required to apply for an ATC delivery permit.

Liquor Credit Extended To 45 Days For Bars Affected By COVID-19 Pandemic updated March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Stay at Home Order issued March 22, 2020

  • Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
  • Restaurants will remain open for take-out, delivery or drive-thru.
  • Grocery, convenience and warehouse stores will remain open.

Revenue Information Bulletin No. 20-008: Tax Return Extensions and Other Matters Related to COVID-19 issued March 19, 2020

  • The filing and payment deadline for February 2020 excise tax returns and payments for Wine Shipped Direct to Consumers is extended to May 20, 2020.
  • The filing and payment deadline for the February 2020 sales tax period is extended to May 20, 2020.

Due To Covid-19 Reduced Fee For Temporary Alcohol Delivery Permits issued March 17, 2020

  • Businesses may apply for a temporary alcohol delivery permit with a reduced fee of $100.00.

DUE TO COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) ATC will expedite the issuance of Delivery Permits issued March 16, 2020

  • On a temporary basis, ATC will allow restaurant permit holders to sell or offer for sale prepackaged beer and/or wine through drive through or curbside pick-up. Any restaurant intending to offer delivery of food with beer or wine by their own employees may submit to the ATC an application for alcohol delivery. ATC will prioritize the processing of all delivery applications. Businesses are encouraged to submit their applications online but may also submit applications by mail or via email directly to ATC-Attorneys@atc.la.gov.

Maine

Memo on Expiring or Expired Liquor Licenses; granting temporary extensions  issued March 26, 2020

  • Information for temporary extension and renewal process for Direct Shippers of Wine and Certificate of Approval licenses that expired or will expire from March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020.
  • Certificate of Approval licensees will still be required to register any new label registrations and pay the associated fee through the online system.

Memo on Governor Mills’ Order on essential businesses; waiver for certain specialty beer and wine stores issued March 26, 2020

Memo on closure of BABLO Offices to the Public issued March 26, 2020

  • For any label submissions or COA renewals, please use the online portal.

Memo on Governor Mills’ Order on essential businesses; waiver for agency liquor stores issued March 24, 2020

BABLO is granting a global temporary license extension to licenses dues to expire.  issued March 19, 2020 (see Memo regarding expiring licenses issued March 26, 2020)

  • Since some municipal offices are closed and more are likely to close, there will be license renewals pending in those towns. Additionally with the passage of LD 2167 that grants municipalities the ability to renew liquor licenses without holding a public hearing – See F-1 section 2 of the law, the Bureau will allow these impacted licensees to continue operations past their expiration until the renewal can be processed by the municipality and the Bureau.
  • A  list of establishments that can continue to receive deliveries even though the license may have expired is available here.

BABLO Memo To All Industry Members Regarding Executive Order signed March 18, 2020 issued March 18, 2020

  • “Beverage” in the context of the Executive Order was intended to permit the sale by bars and restaurants to include beer and wine in the original manufactures’ sealed containers.
  • The sale of beverages by bars and restaurants must be accompanied by a food order.

Governor Mills Takes Further Steps to Respond to COVID-19, Protect Health and Safety of Maine People issued March 18, 2020

  •  Executive Order becomes effective today, March 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. and ends at midnight on March 31, 2020, subject to review and renewal.
  • Prohibits dine-in service at bars and restaurants; bans gatherings more than 10 people. Take-out, delivery, and drive-through options can continue.

Maryland

Comptroller of Maryland COVID-19 Tax Relief FAQ issued April 1, 2020

Executive Order No. 20-03-30-02 – Stay-At-Home issued March 30, 2020

Tax Alert 03-20 Impact of COVID-19 on Maryland Tax Filing issued March 24, 2020

Interpretative Guidance Regarding Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland, Number 20-03-23-01, dated March 23, 2020, Amending and Restating the Order of March 19, 2020 issued March 23, 2020

  • Restaurants and Bars may continue to sell alcoholic beverages with carryout and delivery orders.
  • Alcoholic beverage stores and distributors, distilleries, and wineries may remain open.

Governor Hogan Announces Closure of All Non-Essential Businesses, $175 Million Relief Package for Workers and Small Businesses Affected By COVID-19 issued March 23, 2020

Executive Order No. 20-03-19-02 Expanding Alcohol Delivery and Carry-out Services issued March 19, 2020

  • Effective immediately, all restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, distillers and other establishments with appropriate licenses are now approved to sell alcoholic beverages with carryout and delivery orders.
  • Also see, Maryland’s COVID-19 Business Response

Comptroller’s Office Suspending Enforcement of Craft Alcohol Carryout Purchase Limits issued March 18, 2020

Further Explanation of Tax Extensions Announced By Comptroller Franchot issued March 18, 2020

  • Comptroller Franchot extended business-related tax, including alcohol tax and sales and use, filing and payment deadlines.

Montgomery County, MD

Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services Allows for Restaurants to Sell and Deliver Beer and Wine for Off-Premise Consumption issued March 18, 2020

  • The Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners has approved a resolution to allow restaurants to sell beer and wine to-go during this emergency shutdown. Businesses must apply for approval. For additional information and for how to apply, click here.
  • As of March 26, 2020, restaurants can sell also sell mixed cocktails in takeout cups with lids for off-premises consumption.

Alcohol Licensing and Permit Updates 

  • Effective March 19, the ABS Alcohol Licensing and Permit visitor’s entrance will be closed to the public. Call 240-777-1999 for assistance.
  • The deadline to submit an alcoholic beverages license renewal application and the deadline to pick up the renewed license will be extended. Licensees will be informed once new deadlines have been established.
  • Those wishing to submit the renewal application now, can apply online through the ABS Licensing online portal or mail a paper application with a check to LRE, 201 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

Alcohol Beverage Services COVID-19 FAQ

  • Licensed Business and Consumer Frequently Asked Questions

Massachusetts

ABCC Advisory Regarding On-Premises Licensees Selling for Off-Premises Consumption issued April 3, 2020

  • Today April 3, 2020, Governor Baker signed a bill authorizing on-premises licensees to sell malt beverages and wine for off-premises consumption for the duration of the Governor’s declared state of emergency.

Mass. restaurants could soon offer beer and wine for takeout and delivery under a new coronavirus bill issued March 24, 2020

  • Legislation that would allow on-premise licensees to offer beer or wine for take-out and delivery with food orders is pending.

COVID-19 Essential Services FAQ updated March 25, 2020

Revised Guidance Regarding The Order By The Governor Prohibiting Assemblages Of More Than 10 People And On-Premises Consumption Of Food And Beverages issued March 23, 2020

  • Restaurant and bars shall not permit on-premises consumption of food or beverages; however, such establishments are encouraged to continue to offer food for take-out and by delivery, provided, that they follow social distancing protocols that require individuals to stay at least six feet apart.

Essential Services And Revised Gatherings Order issued March 23, 2020

  • Effective at 12:00 noon on March 24, 2020

ABCC Order Regarding Delinquency Reporting Period (Credit Terms) issued March 19, 2020

COVID-19 ABCC Advisory Banning On-Premises Consumption issued March 15, 2020

COVID-19 Order of the Governor issued March 15, 2020

Michigan

Executive Order 2020-20 issued March 21, 2020

  • Reaffirms the other temporary closures of places of public accommodation that were required by Executive Order 2020-9.

Information on How the Executive Order 2020-20 (formerly 2020-9) Affects Licensees

  • Detailed information for to-go sales and delivery of alcohol beverage products for licensees.

Extension of the Annual License Expiration Date for 2020 from April 30, 2020 to May 31, 2020  issued March 16, 2020

  • In response to the state of emergency called by the governor on March 10 due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission issued Administrative Order No. 2020-05 at its licensing meeting on March 13, extending the annual license expiration date for 2020 from April 30, 2020 to May 31, 2020.
  • Click Here For More Information About The 2020 License Renewal Process

Treasury: Small Business Taxpayers Provided Tax Assistance issued March 18, 2020

  • Small businesses that have experienced disrupted operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic now have additional time to make their sales, use and withholding tax monthly payment, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Minnesota

Emergency Executive Order 20-20 Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home issued March 25, 2020

  • Effective March 27, 2020

Letter from Commissioner Harrington Regarding COVID-19 issued March 17, 2020

  • As of 5 p.m. March 17, all restaurants and bars will temporarily close and will not provide on-premises consumption. Delivery and curbside take-out services are permitted, as allowed by license.
  • Establishments must have an off-sale license to sell alcohol that is allowed off the premises. No waiver will be issued at this time for those with only an on-sale license to allow for off-sales.
  • The cancellation of many events and required bar closings have created a commercial reason to allow wholesale distributors to pick up on-sale retail alcoholic beverage product, issue the on-sale accounts a credit, and resell the product to off-premise (off-sale) accounts, which are still allowed to operate their businesses.

Mississippi

Executive Order 1463   – issued March 25, 2020

  • Lays out new guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Restaurant Doggie Bag Wine Sales Allowed issued March 19, 2020

  • The ABC will allow permitted restaurants to sell a single, sealed bottle of wine with a to-go order until April 30, 2020.

Telephone/Internet Liquor Order & Curbside Delivery issued March 17, 2020

  • The DOR has enacted a temporary amendment to allow customers to submit orders and pay liquor retailers by telephone or internet, and allow liquor retailers to provide on-premises curbside delivery.

Missouri

Industry Circular -Emergency Waiver – Liquor License Renewal issued March 26, 2020

  • Fiscal year 2020 liquor licenses, including Direct Shipper and Out-of-State Solicitor licensees, that are set to expire on June 30, 2020 will now extend until August 31, 2020. This is an extension of your current active license.

Industry Circular – ATC’s Response to COVID-19 issued March 19, 2020

  • Guidance regarding Curbside Pickup/Delivery Options for Retail Licensees
  • ATC will not consider returns due to licensed events being cancelled for COVID-19 concerns to be a violation.
  • License renewal season began March 16. ATC is reviewing information to determine what options, if any, to address challenges in connection with COVID-19 during this period.

 

Montana

Despite Facebook Rumors, Agency Liquor Stores Not Closing issued March 30, 2020

ABC Process Modifications Due to COVID-19 issued March 27, 2020

Governor Bullock Issues Stay at Home Directive to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 issued March 26, 2020

  • Requires all Montanans to stay home and temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations starting March 28, 2020

The Department’s Guidance for Governor’s Directive  issued March 24, 2020

  • Only retailers and manufacturers with an active alcoholic beverages license and agency liquor stores with a current franchise agreement can sell alcohol for delivery where the state government has shut down these businesses due to COVID-19.

Updated Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 issued March 24, 2020

Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 and providing for measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 via food and beverage services or casinos issued March 20, 2020

  • The places subject to this Directive are permitted and encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.

Special Note to Montana Alcoholic Beverage Licensees Regarding the COVID-19 Virus issued March 17, 2020

  • The Montana Department of Revenue is allowing the return of products purchased for events canceled due to COVID-19.

Nebraska

Industry Advisory- Expansion for On-Premise Liquor License holders to waive Original Package Requirements during COVID-19 issued March 27, 2020

  • Allows restaurants and bars to provide mixed drinks for take-out

Executive Order 20-09 Additional Relief for Restaurant and Bar Operations issued March 26, 2020

Industry Advisory- Golf Courses during COVID-19 issued March 27, 2020

Industry Advisory – Clarification of Extending Credit during COVID-19 issued March 26, 2020

Industry Advisory – Retail Operations  issued March 20, 2020

Industry Advisory Regarding Wholesale Operations issued March 20, 2020

Industry Advisory regarding Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Operations issued March 20, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Issues Executive Order to Provide Relief to Restaurants and Bars during COVID-19 Emergency issued March 19, 2020

  • Restaurants will be able to sell beer, wine, and spirits to customers placing take-out or delivery orders.
  • Restaurants and bars will be permitted to sell alcohol on drive-thru or curbside orders.
  • Temporary Operating Permits extended from 90 to 180 days.
  • Waiver of Excise Tax penalties for late payments.
  • Allows restaurants and bars 90 days to pay for wine and spirit deliveries for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

Executive Order No. 20-06 – Relief for Restaurant and Bar Operations issued March 19, 2020

Industry Advisory – No signature required by Wholesalers (COVID-19) issued March 13, 2020

Nevada

City of Las Vegas Announces New Plan Allowing Curbside Alcohol Sales announced March 26, 2020

  • Las Vegas has created a new temporary permit that will allow restaurants to sell the types of alcohol they are already licensed for with curbside meals.  The city will  only charge the processing fee of $100 per permit. Licensees can apply online and applications will be processed in 1-2 days.

City of Henderson Temporarily Allows Curbside Alcohol Service and Cannabis Delivery announced March 26, 2020

  • Due to the ongoing closure to the public of dine-in options at restaurants and other food service establishments, the City of Henderson will temporarily allow curbside alcohol service for certain business license classifications.

Memo Regarding Declaration of Emergency Directive 003 – Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores issued March 22, 2020

  • Clarifies that liquor stores are not essential businesses and must close.

2020-03-20 – COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency Directive 003 issued March 20, 2020

  • Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an emergency directive today that makes it legally enforceable to close nonessential businesses in Nevada.
  • Restaurants and bars must be closed, except for drive-thru, delivery, curbside or take-out.

Nevada Department of Taxation Offices are Closed Until Further Notice  issued March 16, 2020

  • How to pay your taxes during office closure.

New Hampshire

Emergency Order 17: Closure of non-essential businesses and requiring Granite Staters to stay at home issued March 26, 2020, effective 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020

Exhibit A to Emergency Order #17 issued March 26, 2020

  • NH liquor outlets are included in the list of businesses that provide essential services and will remain open.

Emergency Order 16: Temporary prohibition on scheduled gatherings of 10 or more attendees issued March 23, 2020

Industry Circular 2020-04 Relative to the Sale, Service, Delivery, and Take-Out of Alcoholic Beverages During the COVID-19 State of Emergency. issued March 18, 2020

Industry Circular 2020-05 Relative to Product Returns During the COVID-19 State of Emergency. issued March 18, 2020

Emergency Order #6: Temporary authorization for take-out or delivery beer or wine. issued March 18, 2020

  • All restaurants, diners, bars, saloons, private clubs or any other establishment that have both a restaurant license and on-premise license from the New Hampshire liquor commission shall be temporarily authorized to allow for takeout or delivery of beer or wine.

New Jersey

ABC Order Extending Certain ABC Permits (Ad Interim, TAPs and Minor Work) issued April 1, 2020

ABC Advisory Notice 2020-03 – To Industry Interests Operating During COVID-19 Emergency issued March 30, 2020

ABC Update issued March 26, 2020

  • Licensed establishments may offer take-out or delivery only and only during regular posted business hours. Absolutely no table or bar service and no on premise alcohol consumption are allowed until further notice.
  • Credit and return regulations are under review and a special ruling modifying the regulations is expected shortly.
  • Guidance for submitting paperwork and payments to ABC.

Governor Murphy Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses issued March 21, 2020

Executive Order No. 107 issued March 21, 2020

  • Bars and restaurants must be closed for on-premise service and may provide take-out and delivery service only. Drive-throughs, take-out, delivery offered by restaurants, and other delivery services can continue to operate, but are limited to offering only food delivery and/or take-out services in accordance with their existing liquor licenses.
  • If alcoholic beverages are to be sold from a restaurant, dining establishment or bar with a liquor license, such sales shall be limited to original containers sold from the principal public barroom.
  • All retail sales of alcoholic beverages by limited brewery licensees, restricted brewery licensees, plenary and farm winery licensees (and associated salesrooms), craft distillery licensees and cidery and meadery licensees must be in original containers and must be sold through customer pick up and/or delivered by licensees in accordance with their existing licenses.
  • Also see, NJ COVID-19 Information Hub/Businesses FAQs

Governor Murphy Announces Aggressive Social Distancing Measures to Mitigate Further Spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey issued March 16, 2020

Executive Order No. 104 issued March 16, 2020

New Mexico

Temporary Utilization of Package Service for Full Dispenser Licenses Letter issued March 26, 2020

Segregated Sales Letter issued March 23, 2020

  • Licensees wishing to temporarily display alcoholic beverages outside of the designated display area may request a modification in their current floor plans in regards to segregated sales as required by NMAC 15.10.52.8 and NMAC 15.10.52.8.

ABC COVID-19 Letter issued March 24, 2020

  • Restaurants may remain open for take-out and delivery of food only.
  • Brewpubs, craft distillers, wineries, and package liquor stores may remain open for take-out only.

Letter Extending Renewal Period for Dispenser-Type Licenses issued March 18, 2020

  • The ABC has extended the due date for all renewal applications, including Direct Wine Shipper renewals and payments, that were due on April 1, 2020 by 90 days.

State enacts further restrictions to stop spread, including stay-at-home instruction issued March 23, 2020

  • Effective March 24, 2020, New Mexico citizens should stay at home and undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety, or welfare.
  • Essential businesses that may remain open include grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, school meal distribution sites and restaurants (but only for delivery and take-out).

DOH- Public Health Emergency Order Closing All Businesses and Non-Profit Entities Except for those Deemed Essential and Providing Additional Restrictions on Mass Gatherings Due to COVID-19 issued March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Letter from ABC Director Vallejos issued March 18, 2020

  • As of March 19, 2020 no restaurant, eatery, bar, brewpub, winery or such shall serve customer for consumption on-premises.
  • Restaurants and bars may be able to take and fulfill “to-go” orders for food, but under no circumstances shall alcohol, beer or spirits be sold for off-premises consumption from a restaurant, food establishment, or bar.

New York

Advisory #2020-1 – Statutory/Regulatory relief regarding the Coronavirus dated  March 16, 2020

Advisory 2020-2 – Collection of Civil Penalties and Imposition of Alternate Penalties dated March 26, 2020

Advisory 2020-3 – Submission of Renewal Applications Without Required Fees dated March 26, 2020

Advisory 2020-4 – Service of Municipal Notice for Retail Applications dated March 26, 2020

Delegation 2020 00379e – Matters To Be Determined by the Full Board dated March 16, 2020

Licensing Policies During Coronavirus Response FAQ

State Liquor Authority Takes Immediate Actions to Provide Relief for Retailers in Response to the Novel Coronavirus issued March 25, 2020

  • Payments for Renewal Fees and Penalties Extended
  • Wholesalers Allowed to Immediately Lower Prices Charged to Retailers
  • Relaxed Requirements for Municipal Notifications, Required Documentation

Reopening of Price Schedules for Wholesalers to Reduce Prices issued March 25, 2020

  • SLA is allowing wholesalers to immediate re-post prices for the balance of March downward from their start of the month price posting. In addition, they can lower the volume needed to qualify for a volume discount.

Notice on SLA NYC/Buffalo Operations issued March 25, 2020

Executive Order No. 202.8 – Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Suspension and Modification of Laws issued March 20, 2020

SLA COVID-19 Guidance on Restrictions, To-Go & Delivery, and Q & A issued on March 16, 2020 (updated March 18, 2020)

  • Any on-premises licensee and any manufacturing licensee with on-premises retail privileges may sell for off-premises consumption any alcoholic beverages that it is able to sell for on premises consumption under the law.

North Carolina

NC DOR – Important Notice: Relief to Excise Taxpayers Affected by Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) issued March 31, 2020

Important Notice: Department of Revenue Expands Penalty Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) issued March 31, 2020

Executive Order 121 – Status of ABC Commission and ABC Stores issued March 27, 2020

  • Governor Cooper’s Stay at Home Order (Executive Order 121) lists beer, wine and liquor stores as Essential Retail Businesses, and therefore the ABC stores are not required to close by this order. However, local ABC Boards may choose to adjust or close stores.
  • The Stay at Home Order is effective starting March 30, 2020.

Brand Label Applications 

  • Due to limited on-site staffing, the NC ABC will accept product approval applications submitted electronically to contact@abc.nc.gov

ABC Registration and Renewal Grace Period issued March 20, 2020

  • The ABC has established a grace period for the registration/renewal process until June 30, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) for Executive Order No. 118 and Order of Abatement issued March 19, 2020

ABC Compliance Guidance for Executive Order 118 issued March 17, 2020 (revised March 19, 2020)

  • Retail permittees may deliver beer and wine for off-premise consumption in the manufacturer’s original container to vehicles at a curb or a parking space adjacent to the licensed premises without requesting approval of extension of premises from the ABC Commission, while this Executive Order remains in effect.

North Dakota

Executive Order 2020-06.2 issued April 1, 2020

  • Extends existing business closures by two weeks

Tax Guidance During COVID-19 Precautions updated March 26, 2020

Executive Order 2020-06 – Orders Access Restrictions for State Facilities, On-Site Dining Establishments and Recreational Facilities issued March 19, 2020

  • Effective at 12:00 pm, March 20, 2020, all bars and restaurants are closed to on-sale/on-site patrons, but may continue to offer takeout and delivery as permitted under current laws.

Ohio

Brand Label Registration Application Process Update issued March 26, 2020

  • Due to the “In Place” orders,  most of the Division’s staff is teleworking.  At present, the Division is only registering the brand label registration applications that were received at the time of the order. Industry members may still send in the application and periodically the Division is retrieving work for their staff. The Division will notify industry members of any changes to this process going forward.  

Ohio Issues “Stay at Home” Order issued March 22, 2020

  • The order will take effect at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23rd.
  • Exempted from this order are stores that sell alcoholic beverages.
  • Permit holders may continue to sell alcoholic beverages for take-off and delivery in accordance with the privileges granted under their permit.

Updated Process: Wholesale Return Requests High Proof Liquor Returns issued March 18, 2020

Direction for Liquor Permit Holders Regarding COVID-19 Closure Order

  • An order was issued prohibiting the sale of beer, wine, mixed beverages, or spirituous liquor for on-premises consumption and restricting all alcohol sales to those in sealed containers for off-premises consumption, effective 9 p.m. March 15, 2020.

FAQ’s for Bars and Restaurants Amid Closure Order

  • Permit holders may sell beer, wine, and prepackaged mixed beverages in their original sealed containers for off-premises consumption in accordance with the privileges granted under their permit.
  • Reminds industry members that sealed beer/wine products must be delivered by an employee of the permit holder or any H-class permit holder delivery service.
  • The Division has approved the pickup and future replacement of beer, wine and/or mixed beverages from a retailer, at the distributor’s discretion. The product must be intact in its original packaging and purchased within the last 30 days for a major event.

Oklahoma

Director’s Statement on Delivery of Alcoholic Beverages issued March 24, 2020

  • Oklahoma is now allowing liquor stores, restaurants, grocery and convenience stores to offer beer and wine products in manufacturer sealed containers for delivery. This is until April 17, 2020.
  • Licensees cannot use a third-party delivery service.

Director’s Statement on Restaurant Closings and Relief – AMENDED issued March 24, 2020

Governor’s Fourth Amended Executive Order 2020-07 issued March 24, 2020

Director’s Statement on Restaurant Closings and Relief issued March 17, 2020

Director’s Statement on Event Cancellations and Returns issued March 17, 2020

Oregon

Public Safety, Safe Access Focus of Latest Commission Action News Release issued March 22, 2020

  • Liquor stores and distillery tasting rooms may deliver factory-sealed containers of distilled spirits direct to consumer curbside or to their parking lots.

Delivery, Curbside Pickup Rules Eased to Help Industry issued March 19, 2020

  • New emergency rules to enable licensees that currently have an Off-Premises license – or a license that includes Off-Premises Sales Privileges with Same-Day Delivery approval to make delivery of malt beverages, wine and cider to customers at curbside.
  • Hours for same-day delivery of alcohol have been extended to 2:30 am
  • Restaurants and bars can apply for a “90-day Authority To Operate” with an Off-Premises Sales license.
  • Also see, Temporary Changes: Off-Premises Sales & Delivery Fact Sheet

Returns of Product Allowed Due to Event Cancellation issued March 17, 2020

  • Holders of Special Event or Temporary Sales Licensees Eligible for Returns.

OLCC COVID-19 Business Continuity Information and Latest Updates updated on a rolling basis

  • Information Includes: Agency Updates, Liquor Licensing and Compliance, Marijuana Licensing and Compliance, and Bottle Bill and Beverage Container Redemption Centers

Pennsylvania

PLCB ​COVID-19 Information for Consumers April 1, 2020

  • The PLCB is accepting limited numbers of online orders.  Until further notice, customers can purchase up to 6 bottles per transaction from a reduced catalogue of about 1,000 top-selling wines and spirits from the website. All orders must be shipped to home or non-store addresses, and only one order per address will be fulfilled per day.

Secretary of Health’s Stay at Home Order – Amended March 30, 2020

Governor Wolf’s Stay at “Home” Order – Amended March 28, 2020

PLCB Provides Guidance to Licensees on Mandate to Cease Dine-In Service and On-Premises Consumption or Risk Citation, License Suspension, and Forceable Closure issued March 18, 2020

Advisory Notice No. 26 Temporary Cessation Of The Sale Of Food And Alcohol For On-Premises Consumption Relative To COVID-19 Public Health Emergency issued March 18, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Consumers issued March 17, 2020

Rhode Island

Executive Order 20-15 – Twelfth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Extension of Executive Orders on the Operation of Food Establishments and Close Contact Businesses issued March 30, 2020

Executive Order 20-13 – Stay At Home issued March 28, 2020

  • Starting March 30, 2020, residents are directed to stay at home and all non-critical businesses must close.

DBR List of Critical and Non-critical Retail Businesses UPDATED April 3, 2020

  • Liquor stores can remain open. Restaurants or bars, can remain open for takeout or delivery only.
  • Latest guidance and information is available here.

DBR Guidance for the Delivery of Alcoholic Beverages and Signature Requirement

  • Home delivery/drop off of liquor is only allowed for Class A (liquor stores) licensee’s only.
  • During the COVID-19 situation, the DBR will consider a licensee to be compliant with the signature requirements if the delivering employee signs in the format of “(Employee Name) FOR (Customer Name),” provided proper identity and age verification has been conducted. This also applies to a wholesaler delivery to a retailer.

Guidelines for Retail and Grocers issued March 22, 2020

Executive Order 20-09 Seventh Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Public Gatherings, Close-Contact Businesses, Public Recreation and Business Service Providers issued March 22, 2020

Executive Order 20-08 – Sixth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Economic Support for Restaurants, Bars and Establishments that Offer Food issued March 20, 2020

  • Allows restaurants (Class B License) to sell up to 2 bottles of wine and 144 ounces of beer (2 six packs) in original factory sealed containers, with pick-up food orders.

South Carolina

Gov. Henry McMaster Orders Non-Essential Businesses Closed Throughout S.C. issued March 31, 2020

SC Information Letter 20-5: Curbside Delivery or Pick-Up Area for Beer and Wine – Temporary Authorization Due to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) State of Emergency approved March 23, 2020

Executive Order 2020-12 – Regulatory Flexibility to Facilitate Social Distancing issued March 21, 2020

  • Directs the Department of Revenue to waive additional regulations in order to allow restaurants to include sealed containers of beer and wine for curbside pickup or “to-go” orders only. This waiver does not authorize or apply to open containers or delivery services.

Tax Relief for Persons and Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) issued March 17, 2020

  • SCDOR is offering more time to file returns and pay taxes due April 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020 to assist taxpayers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Also see, SC Information Letter 20-3

South Dakota

Department of Revenue COVID-19 FAQ added April 3, 2020

  • Information for to-go and delivery sales of alcohol.

Governor Noem Issues Executive Order Regarding COVID-19 Guidelines effective March 23, 2020

 

Tennessee

Coronavirus FAQ – Expanded off-premises sales for restaurants and bars UPDATED March 26, 2020

Acceptable Forms of Identification

  • Pursuant to Executive Order 15, persons selling alcohol may accept a Tennessee license that expired between March 12, 2020, and May 18, 2020. This exception is temporary and expires September 19, 2020.

Executive Order No. 17 An Order to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 By Limiting Social Gatherings, Dine-In Service, and Gym Use, and Exposure at Nursing and Retirement Homes, And Providing Flexibility for Restaurants Regarding the Sale of Alcohol issued March 22, 2020

  • Allows restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages/wine or beer for take-out or delivery under the conditions outlined in the order.

Nashville Safer At Home Order issued March 22, 2020

  • Residents of Metro Nashville and Davidson County are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.”
  • Restaurants are open for take-out, delivery or drive-thru.

Coronavirus Related Questions for Retail Package Stores UPDATED March 24, 2020

TABC Operational Changes Due to Coronavirus issued March 18, 2020

  • Late Fees for citations and renewals extended

Texas

Franchise Tax Extended Due Date issued April 2, 2020

  • The Texas Comptroller is automatically extending the due date for 2020 Texas franchise tax reports to July 15, 2020.

Executive Order No. GA-14 relating to statewide continuity of essential services issued March 31, 2020

  • Alcoholic beverage manufacturers, distributors and retailers are designated as essential services and can stay open.
  • Restaurants can stay open for take-out and delivery.

Process for Submitting Applications to TABC

  • Also see, TABC Office for additional information for conducting business with the TABC while their physical offices are closed.

Texas Comptroller Offering Sales Tax Assistance issued March 24, 2020

  • Businesses struggling to meet filing and payment deadlines can contact the Comptroller’s Enforcement Hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about their options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due.

TABC Temporary Waiver — Restaurant Pickup and Delivery Options issued March 19, 2020

TABC Industry Notice – Repurchasing Product from Retailers Affected by COVID-19 Situation issued March 19, 2020

  • Guidance outlining temporary waiver allowing repurchase of alcoholic beverages.

TABC Coronavirus Information for Industry Members

  • Updated guidance will be posted to the page the moment it is vetted and approved by the agency.
  • Guidance and answers to common questions about COVID-19 and how it’s impacting the alcohol beverage industry.

Utah

Update from the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued March 23, 2020

  • Stores are operating with reduced hours (12:00 pm to 7:00 pm) until further instructions.
  • Stores did not get deliveries on Friday due to the earthquake and the closures to assess damage, but are now receiving deliveries from the warehouse and beer distributors.

Effects of the Utah Statewide “Public Health Order” on DABC Licensees issued March 19, 2020

  • No licensees may offer curbside alcohol sales or service. No retail licensees may deliver alcohol or give to a third party for delivery. Alcohol not in use must be stored pursuant to statutory requirements.

Public Health Orders re: COVID-19 –  Salt Lake County issued March 16, 2020

Public Health Orders re: COVID-19 –  Summit County issued March 15, 2020

Vermont

Division of Liquor Control’s COVID-19 FAQ’s updated March 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm, DLC will continue to update as needed

  • The DLC will consider any license or permit, including Direct Ship to Consumer licenses and Certificate of Approvals to Sell Vinous Beverages, that is  valid as of April 30, 2020,  VALID AFTER EXPIRATION beyond the expiration date of April 30th, 2020.  This  will occur automatically and requires no action on the behalf of current valid license holders.
  • Information regarding temporary waiver of signature requirement for retailer delivery of alcohol to consumers to ensure social distancing.

Governor Phil Scott Issues A “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order, Directs Additional Closures (Press Release) issued March 24, 2020

Addendum 6 to Executive Order 01-20 [Stay Home/Stay Safe] issued March 24, 2020

  • Effective March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., all businesses and not-for-profit entities not expressly exempted in the order must suspend all in-person business operations. Operations that can be conducted online or by phone, or sales that can be facilitated with curbside pickup or delivery only, can continue.

Directive 4 Gubernatorial Directive To The Board And Commissioner Of The Department Of Liquor And Lottery – AMENDED March 20, 2020

  • It expands delivery and curbside pickup of un-opened containers of spirits, spirit-based product and malt and vinous product to class 4 licensees, and expands take-out, curbside pickup and delivery of beverage alcohol, including spirit-based drinks and malt and vinous product accompanying food orders for off premise consumption – so long as they also serve food, whether with them or partnering with another entity.

Directive 4 – Delivery And Take-Out Of Beverage Alcohol – Department Of Liquor And Lottery (Pursuant To EO 01-20) issued March 19, 2020

  • see Amended version

 

Virginia

Virginia ABC’s Message Regarding  COVID-19 issued April 1, 2020

Governor Northam Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order issued March 30, 2020, effective immediately

  • Restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, and farmers markets must close their dining and congregation areas, but they may remain open for delivery and take-out services.
  • Beer, wine, and liquor stores can remain open.

Virginia ABC’s Message Regarding COVID-19 issued March 27, 2020

Virginia ABC Customer FAQs and Information for Licensed Businesses UPDATED March 27, 2020

Virginia ABC’s Message Regarding COVID-19 issued March 26, 2020

Virginia ABC Guidance for Executive Order 51, Declaration of a State of Emergency Due to COVID-19 UPDATED March 24, 2020

Virginia ABC to Limit Hours of Operation at All Stores in Response to COVID-19 issued March 24, 2020

  • All ABC stores across the commonwealth will be open from noon to 7 p.m., seven days a week, starting Friday, March 27.

Executive Order No. 53 Temporary Restrictions On Restaurants, Recreational, Entertainment, Gatherings, Non-Essential Retail Businesses, And Closure Of K-12 Schools Due To COVID-19 issued March 23, 2020

  • Effective March 25, 2020 all restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, and tasting rooms of alcohol producers must close to the public, but may continue to offer delivery and/or take out.
  • Beer and wine retailers, VA ABC stores and other retailers that sell food and beverages may remain open to the public if following social distancing and sanitizing recommendations, but not the 10-patron (not including employees) per establishment limit.
  • FAQ for Executive Order 53

Virginia ABC Adjusts Regulations to Support Licensed Establishments Amid COVID-19 Pandemic issued March 20, 2020

ABC has relaxed several licensing regulations to support ABC licensees, including:

  • Allowing restaurants to exercise off-premise privileges such as allowing the sale of wine or beer in sealed containers for curbside pickup in a designated area (parking lot, etc.), and delivery of those products to customers’ homes without needing a delivery permit.
  • Allowing licensees with off-premise privileges, including breweries, farm wineries and wineries to sell products for curbside pickup in a designated area or deliveries to customers’ homes without obtaining an additional delivery permit.
  • Allowing third-party delivery services to deliver wine or beer on behalf of these ABC-licensed businesses that have a written contract specifying the terms.
  • Waived the requirement for a signature on deliveries between wholesale and retail licensees, and between retail licensees (under delivery permit) and their customers.

Tax Bulletin 20-3 Option to Request Extension of Sales Tax Deadline issued March 19, 2020

  • The Department will consider requests from sales tax dealers for an extension of the due date for filing and payment of the February 2020 sales tax return due March 20, 2020.

Virginia ABC to Limit Hours of Operation for 24 Peninsula Stores in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak issued March 17, 2020

Washington

Liquor and Cannabis Board Action on Alcohol and Cannabis Rules issued March 27, 2020

  • During the Board’s meeting they considered and authorized the withdrawal of one proposed rule, and adopted five emergency rules, all listed in the Bulletin.
  • See COVID-19 webpage for licensees for additional temporary rules and guidance for specific types of licensees and for all businesses who are operating during the COVID-19 situation.

COVID-19 FAQ page for licenses who produce/sell alcohol or cannabis updated as needed

State launches web form to clarify “essential” businesses under COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation issued March 25, 2020

WSLCB Notice Regarding Governor’s Proclamation Deferring Taxes and Waiving Penalties issued March 25, 2020

Proclamation 20-06 Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board – Penalties issued March 24, 2020

  • Waives the penalties for failure to timely remit tax payments to the LCB until April 22. The waiver is made retroactive to the date of the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency on Feb. 29.

Guidance for Spirits, Beer, Wine Restaurants: Temporary Expansion of Curbside Sales and Delivery of Alcohol to Accompany “To-Go Food Sales”issued March 24, 2020

  • The WSLCB will temporarily allow Spirits, Beer, Wine Restaurant license holders to sell closed, manufacturer-sealed, bottles/cans of beer, wine and spirits – in combination with the sale of to-go food or by delivery.
  • More details are available on the  WSLCB website.

Gov. Inslee announces the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued March 23, 2020

Department of Revenue – Business Relief During COVID-19 Pandemic updated March 23, 2020

  • Gov. Inslee has given the Department of Revenue authority to waive interest, fees, and due dates for a broad range of taxes.

Correction: Updated LCB Email Contact for Returned Product issued March 18, 2020

Help for Licensees During COVID-19 Restrictions issued March 17, 2020

West Virginia

WVABCA Limited Beer & Wine Home Delivery Advisory issued April 3, 2020

  • WVABCA issued guidance allowing for delivery and take-out sales of wine and beer products in sealed containers with food orders.
  • Unlicensed third parties are not permitted to deliver beer or wine.

WVABCA Retail Liquor Outlet Advisory issued March 27, 2020

WVABCA Stay At Home Advisory Executive Order 9-20 issued March 23, 2020

  • Class A Licensees (restaurants and bars) , if appropriately licensed, for off-premises consumption are essential businesses and can remain open.
  • Distillers, mini-distillers, wineries, farm wineries, wine suppliers, wine distributors and beer distributors can remain open.
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies where wine, beer and spirits are sold are essential services that may continue to sell alcohol to go.

Governor Issues Stay-At-Home Order issued March 23, 2020

  • Effective March 24, 2020, at 8:00 p.m., all West Virginians are directed to stay at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs.

WVABCA Advisory for Class A Licensees Addressing Executive Order 2-20 issued March 18, 2020

  • The WVABCA at the direction of the Governor, has temporarily suspended a regulatory statute and rule that would hinder the ability of Private Clubs, Taverns, and WVABCA licensed Bars and Restaurants to provide off-premises (for take-away only) food, beer and wine service.
  • Also see, WVABCA Guidance on Suspension of ABCA Regulations issued March 18, 2020

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Tax Return Filing and Payment Deadlines Related to COVID-19 issued March 25, 2020

  • Taxpayers may request a one-month extension to file a sales and use tax return or excise tax return.

Emergency Order #12 Safer At Home Order issued March 24, 2020

  • Carryout sales of alcohol beverages and food are allowed, if permitted by state law and municipal ordinance.
  • Delivery of alcohol beverages to retail customers is prohibited.
  • Wineries holding direct wine shippers’ permits may make deliveries of wine in accordance with their permit.

Alcohol Beverage Guidelines and Information Related to COVID-19 issued March 20, 2020

  • DOR has issued emergency guidance that alcohol beverages may be ordered on a “carry out” basis, as long as face-to-face sales are made.
  • Establishments are encouraged to seek premises amendments during this time period.
  • No enforcement actions will be taken by WI DOR regarding returns of alcohol beverages purchased to sell at events that were subsequently canceled due to concerns over COVID-19

Wyoming

Governor’s Executive Order 2020-5 Restaurant/Bar & Grill Emergency Liquor Service issued March 30, 2020

Wyoming Liquor Division COVID -19 Update issued March 25, 2020

  • Under current state statutes, only full retail license holders, distilleries (and satellites) and microbreweries (and satellites) can sell package alcoholic beverages.
  • Some jurisdictions prohibit home delivery.

Statewide Public Health Order Forbidding Gatherings Of 10 People Or More issued March 20, 2020

Statewide Public Health Order Closing Bars, Restaurants, Theaters, Gymnasiums, Child Care Facilities, K-12 Schools, Colleges, Universities, And Trade Schools Statewide issued March 19, 2020