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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.

For a state-by-state summary of the latest on reopening of restaurants, bars and tasting rooms see this listing.

Last Updated: June 5, 2020



New TTB Updates and Guidance on 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.




ABC Stores Reopening June 1 issued May 29, 2020

ABC Information Regarding Night Clubs and Bars Regarding Health Officer’s Order dated May 8, 2020 issued in May 2020

Order of the State Health Officer Suspending Certain Public Gatherings Due to Risk of Infection By COVID-19 (Safer At Home) AMENDED May 8, 2020

ABC Information Regarding Additional Outdoor Dining Space issued May 7, 2020

Order of the State Health Officer Suspending Certain Public Gatherings Due to Risk of Infection By COVID-19 (Safer At Home) Amended April 28, 2020

Reopen Alabama Responsibly – Recommendations for Phase One added April 27, 2020

Statewide Stay At Home Order issued April 3, 2020

  • Effective beginning Saturday, April 4, at 5:00 p.m.

ABC COVID-19 Updates

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


ADVISORY: Acceptance of Expired 2020 Alaska Operating Licenses during the Health Emergency Mandates issued May 13, 2020

Governor Issues Guidance on Phase Two of Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan issued May 7, 2020,

Mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage issues Emergency Orders EO-07 and EO-08 issued April 27, 2020

  • EO-08 aligns municipal marijuana and alcohol code and regulations with recent changes made by the State of Alaska. The order allows for curbside pickup of alcohol from restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and retail stores, as well as the delivery of sealed beer and wine from restaurants with food orders.
  • EO-07 allows for the limited operation of dine-in food services starting April 27, 2020
  • Phase 1 Operating Requirements for Restaurants updated April 25, 2020

Emergency Regulation – ABC – 304.925 – Curbside/Home Delivery Amended issued April 23, 2020

DABC Update – Emergency Regulations for Curbside Pickup Amended issued April 23, 2020

  • Amended regulation adds home delivery for breweries and wineries licensed under Title 4 that have a bona fide restaurant on the premises.

Governor Issues COVID-19 Health Mandate 16,  Phase I of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan issued April 22, 2020

  • COVID-19 Health Mandate 016, Phase I of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan
  • Attachment F – Guidelines for Opening Restaurants Dine-In Services – modifies Mandate 3 UPDATED April 25, 2020
  • Attachment D – Non-Essential Public Facing Businesses Generally – modifies Mandate 11 UPDATED April 25, 2020
  • Guidance documents for other type business types are available here.

Curbside and Home Delivery FAQs issued April 18, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Regulations for Alcohol effective April 16, 2020

Governor Dunleavy Announces Suspension of State Statutes, Regulations added April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Order of Suspension No. 2 Appendix A – Amendment 3 issued April 14, 2020

  • Allows for the curbside pickup of alcohol from restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and retail stores, as well as the delivery of sealed beer and wine from restaurants with food orders.

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.


DLLC Guidance for Executive Order 30-34 issued May 7, 2020

  • The Department interprets Executive Order 2020-34 to permit dine-in services at on-sale licensed establishments that follow the listed protocols and best practices.

Guidance For Restaurants, Barbers And Cosmetologists issued May 4, 2020

Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order Providing Flexibility On Packaging And Labeling Rules For Local Restaurants issued April 7, 2020

Refund to Defer Licensee Fee Renewal 90 Days issued April 6, 2020

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.



Department of Public Health Directive on Resuming Bar or Club Operations effective May 26, 2020

ABC temporary rule change allows for outdoor service issued May 13, 2020

Directive on Resuming Restaurant Dine-in Operations effective May 11, 2020

ABC rule changes extended, new change to inactive permits issued April 24, 2020

Emergency Rule Changes Regarding ABC Permits issued April 3, 2020

  • All alcoholic beverage permits, including Supplier and Wine Shipping Permits, may be renewed until Oct. 28, 2020 without incurring a late fee.
  • Temporary waiver of invoice signature requirements

Emergency Rule Changes Regarding ABC Application Process issued April 1, 2020

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.



ABC Industry Advisory: Delivery Minor Decoy Requirements issued June 5, 2020

Temporary Fee Relief Extension For May Renewals issued May 30, 2020

ABC Offices Reopening issued May 27, 2020

ABC Updates Regulatory Relief and Answers Frequently Asked Questions Related to Fourth and Fifth Notices of Regulatory Relief issued May 22, 2020

ABC Announces that Bars, Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries will be Able to Sell Drinks To-Go issued May 22, 2020

  • Alcoholic drinks to go must be sold with meals

ABC Fifth Notice of Regulatory Relief issued May 20, 2020

  • New relief for ABC on-sale licensees without kitchen facilities and sales of alcoholic drinks to-go with meals prepared by food vendors.

COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization Information and Application Requirements REVISED May 20, 2020

ABC Fourth Notice of Regulatory Relief issued May 15, 2020, UPDATED MAY 22, 2020

  • Guidance Regarding Expansion of Licensed Footprint
  • Extension of Regulatory Relief for Club Licenses: Type 50, 51 and 52

ABC Administrative Emergency Decisions issued May 11, 2020,

  • Notice of proposed emergency rulemaking changes in the alcohol industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state of emergency.

ABC Industry Advisory: Re-Opening of Licensed Premises in Violation of Stay at Home Orders issued May 1, 2020

ABC Industry Advisory: Delivery of Alcoholic Beverages issued April 30, 2020

ABC Third Notice of Regulatory Relief issued April 21, 2020

  • Guidance to Type-02 Winegrower licensees for conducting “virtual wine tastings.”

ABC Second Notice of Regulatory Relief issued April 1, 2020

ABC Temporary Fee Relief for Licensees issued April 1, 2020

  • ABC Announces 30-Day extension on Annual License Renewal Fees and Late Renewal Penalty Fees, effective immediately.

ABC Guidance by License Type – tool to help licensees navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic check back periodically for updates

ABC Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ check back periodically for updates

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

ABC First Notice of Regulatory Relief issued March 19, 2020, UPDATED MAY 22, 2020

ABC Office Closures issued March 19, 2020

ABC Information Regarding Daily Licenses, Catering and Event Authorizations, and LEAD Training issued March 17, 2020

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


CDHP and Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries issued June 5, 2020

CDHP and Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Dine-In Restaurants issued May 12, 2020

Resilience Roadmap for Reopening California


COVID19.CA.GOV – Taxes

  • Listing of actions and resources aimed to provide relief to taxpayers.

COVID19.CA.GOV – Business and Employers

  • Listing of actions and resources aimed to provide relief to businesses and employers.

Governor announces availability of 12 month payment plans for small businesses. issued April 2, 2020

Most small businesses now have until July 31, 2020 to file first quarter returns, due to the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Order. issued March 30, 2020


Gov. Polis Cuts Red Tape for Restaurants, Allows More Flexibility in Licensing issued June 5, 2020

Governor Polis Issues Guidance for Restaurants, Summer Camps and Private Camping issued May 25, 2020

LED Bulletin 20-07 Reference: Emergency Regulations 47-302 (F) COVID-19 Temporary Modification of On-Premises Licenses and 47-1102 Compliance with Public Health Orders and Executive Orders Issued during Disaster Emergencies issued May 15, 2020

LED – Delivery Permit Notification issued May 12, 2020

LED Bulletin 20-06 Reference: Updated Guidance Regarding LED Response to “Safer-At-Home” Orders issued May 1, 2020

LED – COVID-19 UPDATE – “What Does Safer-At-Home Mean?” issued April 24, 2020

Bulletin 20-04 Updated Guidance Regarding LED Response to COVID-19 issued April 8, 2020

LED – Licensee Online Renewal Notification issued April 7, 2020

Sales Tax Deadline Extension issued April 6, 2020

  • Colorado retailers that are required to file a sales tax return and remit sales tax on April 20, 2020 may extend their filing and remittance deadline to May 20, 2020.

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


Executive Order No. 7PP  issued May 18, 2020, effective immediately

  • Reopening of Outdoor Dining – provides that outdoor dining shall be permitted at any restaurant, eating establishment, private club, or any location licensed for on-premise consumption of alcohol.
  • Further Clarification of Limits on Restaurants, Bars and Private Clubs – Mixed Drinks Permitted for Takeout and Delivery.

Reopen Connecticut: Sector Rules for May 20th Reopen issued May 9, 2020

  • In Phase 1, restaurants can open outdoor at up to 50% capacity, no bars.

Outdoor Service of Alcoholic Beverages-Guidance Statement issued May 1, 2020

Governor Lamont Outlines Phased-in Approach to Reopening Connecticut’s Economy  issued April 30, 2020

  • Under the plan, restaurants may open outdoor seating areas for in-person dining as early as May 20th.

Extension of Delivery to July 3rd for ALL Wholesalers issued April 28, 2020

Implementation Order for Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7W (Delivery Signatures, Renewal Extensions) issued April 9, 2020

Implementation Order for Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7T (Updated for Delivery)  issued April 2, 2020

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.

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.

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



Food & Drink Establishment Guidelines issued May 26, 2020

Governor Carney Announces Additional Interim Steps for Retail, Restaurant Businesses to Expand Operations issued May 19, 2020

  • Restaurants can open their indoor spaces for reservation-only seated service at 30 % of stated fire capacity during Phase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening plan, beginning June 1. For restaurants that provide table service diners must have a reservation in order be seated.
  • Restaurants, bars, taprooms and craft breweries may apply to expand outdoor seating capacity on Friday, May 22, and expansions would be authorized to begin on June 1.
  • Bar service and seating at a bar may not reopen during Phase 1. The bar of a restaurant may open to prepare drinks to be brought to diners at their tables.
  • Phase 1 Economic Reopening Guidance (Guidance for Food & Drink Establishments is provided on page 16.)

OABCC Commissioner Guidelines for Curbside Service for Alcohol Sales during State of Emergency issued April 22, 2020

Delivery Variance during State of Emergency  issued March 27, 2020

License Renewal Variance issued March 27, 2020

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.

OABCC Guidance for State of Emergency Declaration signed March 18, 2020 issued March 21, 2020

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

District of Columbia

Mayor Bowser Lifts Stay at Home Order, Urges Safety as Phase One of Reopening Begins Friday, May 29 issued May 29, 2020

Coronavirus Omnibus Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 signed into law May 13, 2020

  • Allows select on-premises retailer licensees to offer alcoholic beverages for carry-out and delivery at an additional location with advance registration. See ABRA guidance for Popups.
  • Liquor license applications are no longer required to be notarized and electronic signatures are permitted.

ABRA Deadline Extensions, Service Modifications

  • Annual license payments are extended from March 31, 2020 to June 30.
  • Alcohol licenses that expire March 16 – May 31 are now valid through June 30.

Emergency Legislation  adopted April 22, 2020

  • DC Council adopted emergency legislation that includes a provision that expands the restaurant carry-out and delivery authorization to include nightclubs.

Notice of Third Emergency Rulemaking issued April 22, 2020

  • Extends beer, wine, and spirits carry-out and delivery privileges to nightclubs. All alcohol sales must be accompanied by at least one (1) prepared food item.

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


Executive Order 2020-139: Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery issued June 3, 2020

Mandatory Measures and Best Practices for Restaurants and Food Establishments issued May 15, 2020

FAQs for Restaurants and Food Establishments Related to Executive Order 20-123 issued May 15, 2020

Executive Order 20-123: Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery issued May 14, 2020

  • EO 20-123, effective May 18, brings all Florida counties into Full Phase 1 of the state recovery plan and allows restaurants and food establishments to serve patrons at indoor seating up to fifty percent of the establishment’s seating capacity.
  • Some municipalities, including Miami, may reopen on a slower timeline. Miami.  Miami restaurants can reopen when Phase 1b of Miami’s Reopening plan starts on May 27.

Executive Order 20-122: Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery issued May 14, 2020

Executive Order 20-120: Expanding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery issued May 9, 2020

Executive Order Number 20-112 (Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery) issued April 29, 2020

  • Phased re-opening of Florida businesses beginning Monday, May 4, in all Florida counties except for Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward.
  • Restaurants to open indoor seating at 25% capacity with six-foot distancing between tables and parties no larger than 10.
  • Sales of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption remain prohibited at bars, pubs and nightclubs that derive more than 50 % of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages.
  • FAQs for Executive Order 20-112 (Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery) issued April 29, 2020

#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.


Executive Order Providing ongoing guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19 issued May 28, 2020

  • On May 28, bars may reopen with limited service of 35% occupancy or 25 patrons, whichever is greater. Service only to seated patrons, ensuring 6 ft. between seated parties of no more than 6 people.

Executive Order Providing additional guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19 issued May 12, 2020

  • Starting May 14, 2020, restaurants are limited to ten patrons per 300 sq. ft. of public space and the maximum the party size per table increases from six to ten people.
  • Live performance venues, bars, and nightclubs must remain closed through May 31, 2020.

Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants with Dining Room Seating UPDATED May 7, 2020

Executive Order Providing additional guidance for food service establishments, bowling alleys, and theaters in response to COVID-19 issued April 27, 2020

Executive Order Providing guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19 issued April 23, 2020

  • Starting April 27, 2020, theaters may reopen and restaurants and dining rooms, including those at private social clubs, are allowed to resume dine-in services if they meet certain mandatory criteria to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • “Bars, nightclubs, operators of amusement park rides, and live performance venues will remain closed, and the shelter in place order remains in effect through April 30, 2020.

Executive Order Expanding the definition of Essential Services and clarifying enforcement provisions in Executive Order issued April 3, 2020

Executive Order – 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.


Gov. Ige approves City & County of Honolulu’s Request to Re-open More Indoor/Outdoor Businesses, Operations issued June 4, 2020

  • The Amendment signed June 3, 2020 allows bars in Honolulu to open to no more that 50% occupancy on June 19.

State Guidance for Reopening Food Services Sector issued May 21, 2020

Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-04 issued April 16, 2020

  • Allows licensees to sell unopened beer, unopened wine, or pre-packaged cocktails with food for pick up, delivery, take out, or other means to be consumed off the premises, and to enable county liquor commissions to waive, suspend, or postpone any deadlines or administrative procedures.

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

City and County of Honolulu:

Mayor’s Emergency Order 2020-15 (information on bars is on page 28) signed June 3, 2020

  • Bars may open at up to 50% occupancy beginning June 19.

Mayor Caldwell provides re-opening requirements for Oʻahu restaurants issued May 21, 2020

Honolulu Liquor Commission Licensee Announcement UPDATED April 29, 2020

City and County of Honolulu Emergency Order. No 2020-09 Amended and Restated issued April 29, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 Response from City and County of Honolulu Updated April 30, 2020

  • Liquor stores and breweries are determined not to be essential businesses and are closed.

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

Kauai County:

Mayor’s Emergency Rule #11 issued May 28, 2020

  • Restaurants may reopen for dine-in service on June 1.

County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Liquor Control issued May 28, 2020

Department of Liquor Control Guidance for Liquor To Go Service issued April 2, 2020

  • Per county guidance, liquor licensees engaged in “to go” meal service may permit the removal of any factory sealed container of wine, beer, or pre-packaged cocktails that are ordered with a meal. Partially opened or “mixed” drinks containing liquor are not permitted.

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

Maui County:

Mayor Victorino announces Governor’s approval of rules that allow most businesses to reopen June 1 issued May 27, 2020

  • Restaurants and food establishments may open on June 1. Bars must remain closed.

Supplemental Guidance to the Mayor’s Public Health Emergency Rules issued March 22, 2020

  • Retail liquor stores are not permitted to operate unless they sell food or conveniences.
  • Take-out (beer, wine, liquor) is permitted provided that the establishment is properly licensed for sale of alcohol for off-premises consumption.
  • Liquor (beer, wine, liquor) production is allowed but tastings and bar operations are not allowed.
  • Liquor delivery is not permitted as usual and is unaffected by any of the county’s emergency rules.

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:

Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 5 issued May 23, 2020

State’s Stay-at-Home Order Effective Today issued March 25, 2020

  • Per the Governor’s statewide stay-at-home order, restaurants are closed except for take-out and delivery. Absent local guidance to the contrary, restaurants in the county are selling liquor for off-premise consumption and delivery.

Supplementary Emergency Proclamation Regarding Price Gouging March 11, 2020

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


Stage 3: Protocols for Opening Bars, Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries added May 18, 2020

  • The estimated time frame is May 30 to June 12.

General and Business-Specific Protocols for Opening Available issued May 5, 2020

Guidelines for Opening Up Idaho issued April 23, 2020

  • Stage 2 (May 16- 29, 2020) Restaurant dining rooms can open once their plans have been submitted for approval by local public health districts.
  • Stage 3 (May 30 – June 12, 2020) Bars can open if they demonstrate ability to meet business protocols.
  • Stage 4 (June 13 – 26, 2020) Bars and nightclubs may open with diminished standing-room occupancy, where applicable and appropriate.

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 UPDATED March 30, 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.


ILCC Guidance on Expiring State Licenses and License Renewal Dates  UPDATED June 2, 2020

  • All licenses are automatically extended through December 31, 2020.
  • No renewal fees or late fees will be charged until December 31, 2020 (Renewal will be charged if you renew before December 31, 2020).

Executive Order 2020-39 issued May 29, 2020

Executive Order 2020-38 issued May 29, 2020

Governor Pritzker Announces Updates to Phase 3 of Restore Illinois Plan in Consultation with Health Experts issued May 20, 2020

  • Bars and Restaurants Can Open for Outdoor Seating in Phase 3, effective May 29, except for restaurants in Chicago.
  • Restore Illinois Reopening Plan issued May 5, 2020

ILCC COVID-19 FAQ’s UPDATED June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Related Action Guidance on Retailer to Distributor Wine and Spirits Returns issued April 30, 2020

COVID-19 Related Action Sales and Delivery of  “To-Go” Mixed Drinks/Cocktails UPDATED June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Related Action: Continuance of Liquor Sales issued March 30, 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, updated May 1, 2020

  • See updated guidance on license renewal extensions issued June 2, 2020
  • Late fees will not be accessed as long as the license is renewed on or before July 31, 2020.

ILCC Guidance on Temporary Delivery of Alcoholic Liquor UPDATED June 2, 2020

ILCC Guidance on Thirty (30) Day Credit Law Reporting – Retailer Delinquencies UPDATED June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Temporary ILCC Policies and Suspension of Public Access to ILCC Offices UPDATED March 31, 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 UPDATED March 31, 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.”


Public Health Order No. 2020-09: Phase III: Cautiously Reopen issued June 3, 2020

  • Restaurants may open for outdoor dining on June 3.
  • City of Chicago’s Restaurant Reopening

Public Health Order No. 2020-5: Cessation of Alcoholic Liquor Sales AMENDED and REISSUED June 3, 2020

  • The order maintains the closure of all liquor stores at 9 p.m., but it permits restaurants to sell liquor as last as 11 p.m beginning June 3.

Mayor Lightfoot and CDPH Announce City of Chicago on Track to Begin Reopening in Early June issued  May 22, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot, CPD And BACP Announce Public Health Order Prohibiting Citywide Liquor Sales After 9 P.M. issued April 8, 2020

City of Chicago Public Health Order No. 2020-5 (9 P.M. Cessation of Alcoholic Liquor Sales) issued April 8, 2020

  • Public Health Order 2020-05 goes into effect April 9, 2020.
  • Licensees must display this posting indicating the prohibition of liquor sales and liquor deliveries after 9 p.m.

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


Executive Order 20-31 Additional Extensions of Time in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency issued June 3, 2020

  • All state-issued permits and licenses are extended to June 30, 2020.
  • Lowers the statutorily-required annual food sales figures proportional to the duration of the public health emergency.

Executive Order 20-28 Reopening Indiana in Stage 3 issued May 21, 2020

ATC Frequently Asked Questions on Outdoor Seating & Patio Expansions issued May 15, 2020

ATC Frequently Asked Questions on Executive Order 20-26, Roadmap to Reopen Indiana issued May 6, 2020

5 Stages to get Indiana Back on Track and Roadmap Table Key

Executive Order 20-26  Roadmap to Reopen Indiana for Hoosiers, Businesses and State Government issued May 1, 2020

ATC Advisory Opinion 20-01: Direct Shipment of Wine Tasting Kits issued April 23, 2020

Executive Order 20-18 Continued Directive For Hoosiers to Stay at Home; Extension of Continuity of Operations Of Government; and Extension of Executive Orders Pertaining to Restaurants and Alcoholic Beverages issued April 6, 2020

  • Stores that do not sell the necessities of life, including liquor stores and restaurants, can stay open for take-out, delivery and curbside pickup orders only.
  • Extends carryout provisions for bars and restaurants in EO 20-04, EO 20-10 and 20-14 until April 20, 2020.

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 continuously

  • 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.”


Information for Outdoor Service Areas for Selling and Serving Alcohol issued May 22, 2020

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration issued May 20, 2020

  • Beginning May 28, bars and other alcohol-related establishments that have been limited to carryout and delivery will be permitted to reopen for indoor or outdoor seating. Bars will follow the same public health measures that restaurants have been implementing for the past several weeks.

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration issued May 14, 2020

  • Restaurants (but not bars) can reopen in the 22 counties where they have remained closed at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15.

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration issued May 6, 2020

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration  issued April 27, 2020

  • The proclamation loosens social distancing measures in 77 Iowa counties effective Friday, May 1 and continues other restrictions until 11:50 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020.
  • Guidelines for phased opening up restaurants in the 77 counties beginning May 1, 2020.  On-premises dining restrictions for other 22 counties are extended through May 15, 2020.  Bars may not open.
  • see ABD Updates and Guidance Regarding Bar/Restaurant Closure

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 UPDATED April 28, 2020

  • Effective through 11:59 p.m. on May 27, 2020, “C” licensees can s sell mixed drinks, cocktails and margaritas in a container sealed with a lid for carry-out, curb-side pickup, drive-through, or home delivery.
  • ABD strongly recommends that only clear plastic or glass cups or jars with lids be used.

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.

Proclamation 2020-35 issued March 19, 2020

  • Permits the sale of carry-out, delivery, drive-thru of alcohol for unopened bottles of alcohol for bars and restaurants

ABD COVID-19 Updates Page  updated continuously, check back frequently for new information 

  • 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.

Proclamation 2020-34 State of Public Health Disaster Emergency for COVID-19 Virus issued March 17, 2020

  • Moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out, and delivery-only and closures of certain entities such as bars and recreational facilities, and supporting the critical work of public health.


Governor Kelly adds new phase to “Ad Astra” plan issued May 14, 2020

  • On May 14, Governor Kelly signed Executive Order 20-31, which established a new “1.5” Phase, effective May 18.
  • The new Phase 1.5, effective May 18, 2020, delays the start dates of future phases.  Bars and nightclubs (Phase 2) will open no sooner than June 1, 2020.
  • Also see,  Reopening FAQs as of May 14 and information on the reopen phases for Business & Employers.

Executive Order No. 20-29, implementing Phase One of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.”  issued April 30, 2020

Executive Order No. 20-27, temporarily suspending certain rules relating to the sale of alcoholic beverages. issued April 22, 2020

  • Allows the sale of alcoholic beverages for carryout consumption and permits the sale of liquor in a container that is not the original container for any establishment holding a class A club license, class B club license or drinking establishment license.

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


General Guidance for Outdoor Seating Areas issued May 22, 2020

ABC FAQ Regarding Restaurant Reopenings on May 22nd as of May 21, 2020

Order of License Renewals Extended to June 30th effective May 18, 2020

  • Alcoholic beverage licenses expiring May 31, 2020 shall remain in effect and until June 30, 2020.  Licensees must submit license renewal applications to continue alcoholic beverage sales after that.

Healthy At Work Reopening Kentucky phased reopening begins May 11, 2020

Gov. Beshear Announces Next Phase of Reopening Economy issued May 7, 2020

  • Restaurants may reopen with limited 33% capacity plus outdoor seating on May 22, 2020.
  • Bars may reopen on July 1, 2020, with limitations.

Order Regarding Return of Products issued May 5, 2020

Executive Order 2020-257 Life Sustaining Businesses Shall Remain Open effective April 8, 2020

  • Notwithstanding the provisions of K.RS 244.480 or any local ordinance to the contrary, licensed malt beverage distributors and wine and spirits wholesalers may deliver their products to the premises of a retailer business at any time of the day that the retailer is ready, able and voluntarily willing to accept deliveries of the products.

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.


Department of Revenue waives penalties for March and April state sales tax returns issued May 26, 2020

City of New Orleans Guidelines for COVID-19 Reopening Phase One issued May 15, 2020

  • In Phase One, effective May 16, restaurants and bars with an LDH food permit may operate at 25% of indoor permitted occupancy and 100% of outdoor permitted occupancy.  
  • Food service establishments with table service in Orleans Parish must utilize a reservation system to track name and phone number of customers, keep this information for 21 days, and provide it to LDH if requested for contact tracing purposes.
  • City of New Orleans Safe Reopening website

ATC Guidance for Phase One: Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana Safer At Home Guidelines, effective May 14, 2020 to June 15, 2020 issued May 14, 2020

ATC Guidelines Related Outside Areas of Restaurants UPDATED May 1, 2020

Gov. Edwards Will Extend Stay at Home Order Until May 15 to Continue Flattening the Curve and Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 issued April 27, 2020

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


Updated Guidance for openings of restaurants for May 18th and June 1st issued May 27, 2020

Guidance on outside seating for on-premises licensees issued May 27, 2020

Guidance on requiring identification for the purchase of alcohol issued May 18, 2020

Guidance for Openings of Restaurants, Bars and In-State Manufacturers issued May 14, 2020

  • If a small winery does not have an associated chapter 43 establishment that is considered a restaurant its tasting room cannot be open until July 1st.
  • On-premise licensees may continue to offer to go beer, wine and cocktails until further notice.

Governor Mills Introduces Rural Reopening Plan issued May 8, 2020

  • Restaurants in Aroostook, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc counties may open for dine-in service and outdoor dining on May 18, 2020.
  • Restaurants in York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, and Penobscot counties may reopen on June 1, 2020.

Information from DHHS and BABLO on Non-Compliance Action Process issued May 6, 2020

Governor Mill’s Restarting Maine’s Economy Plan issued April 28, 2020

Update to definition of “beverage” from Governor Mills’ March 18th Order; cocktails to go issued April 27, 2020

  • Effective immediately, the definition of beverage will include spirits-based “cocktails to go”.

Update to definition of “beverage” from Governor Mills’ March 18th Order; growlers to go issued April 23, 2020

  • Effective immediately, the definition of beverage will include draft beer in “growlers to go”.

Permissible Activities by Qualified Catering Service Licensees issued April 13, 2020

Update – Expiring or Expired Liquor Licenses; granting temporary extensions issued April 9, 2020

Reminder of Permissible Activities in On Premises Establishments issued April 2, 2020

Update on Governor Mills’ March 31st Order for essential businesses issued April 1, 2020

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.


Order No. 20-05-29-01 Enabling Alternate Alcohol Services issued May 29, 2020

Governor Hogan Announces Resumption of Outdoor Dining, Additional Activities to Complete Stage One of Recovery issued May 27, 2020

Comptroller of Maryland COVID-19 Tax Relief FAQ UPDATED April 14, 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


ABCC Advisory Regarding LLA Approval of Outdoor Seating issued June 1, 2020

  • Restaurants may open for outdoor dining beginning June 8.

ABCC Advisory Regarding Continued Prohibition of On-Premises Consumption issued May 18, 2020

ABCC Advisory Granting Credit Extension Request  issued May 16, 2020

Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to First Phase of Four-Phase Approach issued May 18, 2020

ABCC Advisory Regarding Continued Prohibition of On-Premises Consumption issued May 1, 2020

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.

COVID-19 Order No. 21 Extending the Operaton of COVID-19 Order No. 13 issued March 31, 2020

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 issued 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) UPDATED April 16, 2020

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


MLCC Reopening Resources (Coronavirus/COVID-19)

Governor Whitmer Reopens Retail, Restaurants, and Offices in Upper Peninsula, Traverse City Regions issued May 18, 2020

  • Starting, Friday, May 22, restaurants, bars and winery tasting rooms in the two regions- Upper Peninsula and Traverse City – may open with limited seating.
  • Executive Order 2020-92 issued May 18, 2020
  • MI Safe Start Plan issued May 7, 2020

Treasury: Business Taxpayers Can Make Sales, Use and Withholding Tax Payments in June; Payment Plan Information Coming Soon issued May 16, 2020

Administrative Order 2020-15 Extending Due Dates for Excise Tax Filings Due to the Coronavirus State of Emergency issued April 10, 2020

  • The MLCC has extended the deadlines for the monthly or quarterly excise tax reports and tax payments for the months of March, April, and May 2020, as well as the 1st Quarter 2020. These tax reports and tax payments will be due on or before July 15, 2020 with no late fees assessed if received by this time.

FAQ for Liquor License Businesses During COVID-19 State-of-Emergency UPDATED June 2, 2020

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.

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.


Emergency Executive Order 20-74 issued June 5, 2020

  • Bars/restaurants may open at 50% capacity, up to 250 people, including indoor service, on June 10.

AGE Guidance for Licensees Opening for Outdoor Service on June 1

Bars and Restaurant Update – Information for Reopening

Governor Walz Announces Plans for Outdoor Dining, Limited Occupancy Salons issued May 20, 2020

  • Outdoor dining can begin on June 1, with restaurants maintaining social distancing and seating no more than 50 patrons at a time.
  • Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan – indoor dining may begin in Phase 3.

Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement COVID-19 Updates check back periodically for updates

Governor Walz Signs Bill Allowing Takeout Sales of Beer and Wine During the COVID-19 Pandemic issued April 17, 2020

  • On April 17, 2020, Gov. Walz signed legislation allowing takeout sales of beer and wine from bars and restaurants with food orders during the COVID-19 pandemic starting April 18, 2020.
  • Licensed restaurant establishments can sell the equivalent of a six-pack of beer and a standard bottle of wine without acquiring an off-sale license.

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.


Executive Order No. 1478 issued May 4, 2020

  • Effective on and after 8:00 a.m. on May 7, 2020, Executive Order No. 1477 is amended to allow restaurants and bars to open at 50% seating capacity.
  • Floor plans shall be updated to ensure at least six feet of separation between each party/group whether dining indoor or outdoor. Party sizes are limited to six customers per table.
  • Bars and bar areas that do not offer food service must remain closed.

Leisure and Recreation District (LRD) issued April 7, 2020

  •  ABC is now allowing restaurants in an LRD to sell mixed drinks in “to-go” cups with curbside pick-up orders.

Executive Order 1466 – issued April 1, 2020

  • Statewide shelter in place order starting April 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

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.


Industry Circular – Emergency Waiver – Alcohol Returns issued April 28, 2020

Missouri Show Me Strong Recovery Plan issued April 27, 2020

Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 20-09 Extending State of Emergency in Missouri issued April 24, 2020

  • Extends the state of emergency in Missouri through June 15, 2020 and allows waivers and suspensions of statutes and rules to remain in place as Missouri moves into the recovery process.

Industry Circular Guidelines for Retailers to Deliver REISSUED April 24, 2020

Industry Circular – Retailer Packaged Alcohol REISSUED May 14, 2020

Notice of Emergency Suspension of Rule issued April 14, 2020

  • Allows non-manufacture-sealed containers to be purchased by customers for take-out with food, subject to certain requirements.

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 REISSUED April 21, 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.



Reopening -Phase I Guidelines for Alcoholic Beverage Licensees and Agency Liquor Stores added April 27, 2020

Governor’s Directive on Phased Reopening of Montana and Establishing Conditions for Phase One issued April 22, 2020

Governor’s Phased Approach to Reopening the Big Sky issued April 22, 2020

  • Restaurants / bars / breweries / distilleries / casinos can become operational on or after May 4, 2020 under strict physical distancing and reduced capacity protocols in accordance with State guidelines.

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.


NLCC Industry Advisory: Temporary Additions to existing Licensed premises during COVID-19 State of Emergency. issued June 5, 2020

Nebraska Outline of Changes to Upcoming DHMs Phase II issued May 21, 2020

  • Starting June 1, restaurants remain open for dine-in and Bars, Bottle Clubs, and Gentlemen’s Clubs can reopen except for those located in Central District Health Dept. (Hall, Hamilton, Merrick) and Dakota County Health Dept. (Dakota).

Gov. Ricketts Announces Upcoming Changes to Directed Health Measures, Deploys Additional Resources to Track Spread of Virus issued April 24, 2020

Industry Advisory Regarding Application Notary Requirements issued April 21, 2020

  • The NLCC will waive the requirements of a notary public when submitting any forms for the duration of this Directed Health Measure due to COVID-19.

NLCC – Information Regarding S and S1  License Renewals issued April 2, 2020

  • Nebraska S (to ship liquor to wholesalers) and S1 (direct-to-consumer) licenses expire on April 30th.
  • Due to the COVID-19 concerns, current licensees will have 30-day grace period to renew their license through the online portal.  See the linked update from the NLCC for more details.

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


Phase Two Reopening – Declaration of Emergency Directive 021 issued May 28, 2020

Governor Sisolak Releases Prepared Remarks, Guidance for Phase 2 Reopening, Plans Press Call issued May 26, 2020

Declaration of Emergency Directive 018 – Phase One Reopening issued May 7, 2020

  • In Phase 1, beginning, May 9, restaurants and bars licensed to serve food may open for onsite dining with 50% occupancy. Restaurants are advised to require reservations to manage occupancy.
  • Wineries and breweries that serve food can continue curbside, pick-up, and/or carryout operations. If the establishment is licensed to and serves food in a restaurant-like setting, it may open up to do so based on general restaurant restrictions
  • Industry-Specific Guidance for Phase 1 Reopening REVISED May 15, 2020
  • General Guidance for Phase 1 Reopening issued May 13, 2020

Nevada United Roadmap to Recovery issued April 30, 2020

Prior to rolling out Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan for Nevada, Gov. Sisolak announces extension Stay at Home directive with initial easing of restrictions issued April 29, 2020

City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County – Business Operations Supplemental Guide Updated April 24, 2020

  • Guidance for sales of alcoholic beverages to-go and packaged alcohol sales.

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

NHLC Restaurant Reopening Message to Business Partners issued May 15, 2020

Industry Circular 2020-08 Outside Area Reopening for On- Premises Licensees issued May 6, 2020

Stay at Home 2.0 – Re-opening Guidance for Restaurants Effective May 18, 2020 UPDATED May 8, 2020

Emergency Order #40: Extending and modifying Emergency Order #17 (Closure of non-essential businesses and requiring Granite Staters to stay at home) issued May 1, 2020

Industry Circular 2020-06 Limitations of Delivery for New Hampshire Wineries issued April 6, 2020

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

COVID-19 Expansion of Premise Permit SR 2020-10 issued June 3, 2020

  • Licensees, including winery, brewery and distillery tasting rooms, may resume limited outdoor service on June 15.
  • Licensees can apply online for a temporary license to expand their licensed footprint.

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Authorizing the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages by Certain License and Permit Holders for Takeout and Delivery issued May 15, 2020

  • A3966 allows restaurants and bars to sell cocktails for takeout and delivery during declared state of emergency. Additionally, craft distillers may sell their own spirits products for to-go and delivery.

Special Ruling Granting Further Extension of Credit  issued May 13, 2020

Order Authorizing Extension of 2019-2020 Municipal and State Licenses and Permits through September 30, 2020 issued April 13, 2020

  • The term of all municipal and State liquor licenses and permits has been extended to Sept. 30, 2020.

ABC Special Ruling Relaxing Signature Requirement, Product Returns, Credit, Notices of Obligation and Bill and Hold issued April 7, 2020

ABC Special Ruling Relaxing of Transit Insignias issued April 5, 2020

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 COVID-19 Updates UPDATED MAY 18, 2020, check back periodically for updates

  • 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

State announces soft reopening for dine-in restaurants issued May 26, 2020

Governor signs modified, extended public health order easing some restrictions and requiring face coverings issued May 15, 2020

ABC COVID-19 Letter issued May 1, 2020

New Mexico Reopening Plan Preview issued April 30, 2020

ABC COVID-19 Letter Regarding Restrictions on Alcohol Sales Pursuant to DOH Emergency Order Issued 4/6/20  issued April 7, 2020

  • Grocery stores and convenience stores can stay open and sell alcohol.
  • Restaurants can remain open for take-out food only.
  • Package stores are deemed non-essential and must close.
  • Public Health Order issued April 6, 2020
  • Executive Order 2020-022  issued April 6, 2020

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 and NMAC

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

SLA Guidance on Reintroduction of Outdoor Dinning issued June 4, 2020

Governor Cuomo Announces Outdoor Dining at Restaurants Will Be Permitted in Phase Two Of Reopening issued June 3, 2020

  • Restaurants in the Seven Regions that Have Already Entered Phase Two Can Reopen for Outdoor Dining Beginning June 4th.

New York Forward: Regional Monitoring Dashboard updated continuously

SLA Advisory #2020-6 Submission of Renewal Applications Without Required Fees issued May 14, 2020

SLA Extends Renewal Payments for Businesses Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus issued May 13, 2020

Guidance for Determining Whether a Business Enterprise is Subject to a Workforce Reduction Under Recent Executive Orders Updated April 9, 2020

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

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

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

SLA 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

SLA 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

ABC Commission Guidance for Phase 2 – Executive Order 141 issued May 24, 2020

Temporary Extension of Premises Guidelines – Phase 2 issued May 24, 2020

Executive Order No. 141 Eases Restrictions on Travel, Business Operations, and Mass Gatherings: Phase 2 issued May 20, 2020

NC DOR – Important Notice: Alcoholic Beverage Tax, “Major Disaster” affected by Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) issued May 5, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Revenue has published a notice on alternative means for wholesalers and importers to prove they qualify for the major disaster exemption on malt beverages or wine rendered unsalable.

Executive Order No. 135 Extending Stay at Home Order issued April 23, 2020

  • Extends until May 8, North Carolina’s Stay At Home (Executive Order 121) as well as other orders regarding the closures of restaurants for dine-in service, bars and other close-contact businesses.

NC DOR FAQs for Excise Taxpayers Affected by Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) last updated April 21, 2020

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

NC DOR – 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.

ABC Information for Brand Label Applications 

  • Due to limited on-site staffing, the NC ABC will accept product approval applications submitted electronically to

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 April 6, 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 Executive Order 118 remains in effect.

North Dakota

Burgum releases ND Smart Restart protocols for businesses operating through COVID-19 pandemic issued April 28, 2020

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.


OHLQ One-Time Liquor Rebate Program announced May 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Reopening of Restaurants, Bars, and Personal Care Services issued May 7, 2020

  • Outdoor dining may begin May 15
  • Dine-in service may begin May 21

Division of Liquor Control Announces Permit Renewal Extension issued April 24, 2020

  • Extends the May 18, 2020, filing deadline for permit holders to renew their class C and D permits.

Director’s Order that the Sale of Spirituous Liquor be Restricted in Certain Instances in Certain Counties   issued April 13, 2020

  • The Ohio Department of Health has issued an Order limiting the in-person sale of spirituous liquor in certain counties to consumers who are residents of Ohio.

Essential Business Guidance for Ohio Liquor Partners issued April 10, 2020

Executive Order 2020-10D Liquor Control Commission issued April 7, 2020

  • OLCC Emergency Ruling  approved April 7, 2020
  • Today, April 7, 2020, the Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule to allow establishments with an existing on-premises liquor permit to sell and deliver alcohol, including high-proof liquor in limited quantity, for off-premises consumption.

Manufacturer Request Due to COVID-19 Emergency  added April 6, 2020

Amended Director’s Stay at Home Order issued April 2, 2020

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 updated continuously, check back frequently for new information

  • 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.


Employer Guidance for Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safety Plan  issued May 15, 2020

  • Bars, Taverns and nightclubs may open up on May 15.

Director’s Statement Regarding Late Renewal of Certain Licenses issued April 27, 2020

Executive Order 2020-13 – Fourth Amendment to Open Oklahoma’s Economy issued April 24, 2020

  • Oklahoma will begin implementing a three-phased approach to open its economy back up starting April 24, 2020. Restaurants may begin opening on May 1, 2020.

Open Up & Recover Safely (OURS) Plan published April 22, 2020

Extension of Temporary Emergency Authorization of Curbside Alcohol Sales issued April 17, 2020

  • Temporary approvals, including curbside sales and home delivery of certain alcohol products, remain authorized until the ABLE Commission meets again on May 15, 2020.

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  – 2nd  AMENDED issued April 13, 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


OLCC COVID-19 Alcohol FAQ’s UPDATED June 2, 2020

OlCC Reopening Guidance for Alcohol Licensees – Phase 1:

A Slow and Safe Return to Oregon Wine Country issued May 14, 2020

Governor Kate Brown Releases Plan for Rebuilding a Safe and Strong Oregon issued May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Privilege Tax Refund or Credit Request for Expired or Donated Product UPDATED May 1, 2020

OLCC Guidance for Virtual Wine Tastings issued April 24, 2020

OLCC Providing Additional Economic Relief to Licensees issued April 22, 2020

Governor Kate Brown Aligns Dates on Dine-In Prohibition With Stay Home, Save Lives Order issued April 7, 2020

  • The Governor issued orders extending the COVID-19 restrictions until she orders them lifted, no longer providing a date certain for the end.

OLCC Provides Guidance to Alcohol Licensees What’s Allowed During the Pandemic? issued April 4, 2020

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

COVID-19 Interim Policy: Third Party E-Commerce Operators Guide to Delivering Alcohol to Consumers in Oregon issued March 18, 2020

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


Reopening: What Phase Is My County in? updated continuously

  • Yellow Phase – Restaurants and Bars May Open Outdoor Dining, in Addition to Carry-Out and Delivery (effective 6/5/2020).
  • Green Phase – Restaurants and Bars Open at 50% Occupancy.

PLCB Issues Guidance to Licensees Regarding Operations in the Green Phase of COVID-19 Recovery issued May 29, 2020

60 More Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Begin Limited In-Store Public Access in Yellow Phase Counties on May 29 issued May 28, 2020

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Issues Guidance to Licensees Regarding New Drinks-to-Go Law issued May 21, 2020

50 More Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Begin Limited In-Store Public Access in Yellow Phase Counties on May 22 issued May 21, 2020

HB 2506 – If passed, allows for outdoor dining in areas that are yellow and green and  permitting a restaurant,bar, private club, brewpub, brewery, winery and distillery within a designated county to begin operation of a temporary outdoor seating area.

  • Passed the House on May 19, 2020 (133-69)

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, REVISED May 13, 2020

155 More Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Begin Limited In-Store Public Access in Yellow Phase Counties on May 15 issued May 13, 2020

Governor Wolf’s  Plan to Reopen PA last updated May 20, 2020, check back periodically for updates

PLCB -Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Fine Wine & Good Spirits Sales During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

77 Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Begin Limited In-Store Public Access in Yellow Phase Counties on May 8 issued May 6, 2020

HB 327 – Would allow certain licensees impacted by the COVID-19 state of  emergency to sell “Cocktails To Go

  • Passed the House on April 29, 2020 (193-9)
  • Passed the Senate on May 13, 2020 (48-0)
  • Approved by the Governor on May 21, 2020
  • PRLA created this handy infographic that explains the bill’s provisions.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to Expand Curbside Delivery Program on Monday (April 27, 2020) issued April 24, 2020

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Begins Limited Curbside Delivery Program issued April 20, 2020

  • Starting April 20, 2020, the PLCB will begin accepting orders by phone for curbside pickup at stores identified in a list published by the PLCB.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to Resume Limited Special Order Program issued April 20, 2020

  • In response to requests from retail licensees and suppliers, the PLCB is re-opening its Special Order program in a limited capacity.

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

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

Rhode Island

DBR Liquor Section – Information for COVID-19 UPDATED May 11, 2020

Governor Raimondo Announces Plan to Reopen Restaurants for Outdoor Dining Only on May 18th issued May 11, 2020

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 UPDATED April 20, 2020

  • 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

ABL Special Announcement – Local Option Permits Extended issued May 15, 2020

  • If a business had a valid Local Option Permit between March 18 and May 11, the SCDOR will automatically extend the permit to include up to eight consecutive Sundays
  • The renewal deadline, originally May 31, 2020, for license holders in Lancaster, Marion, Marlboro, Union, and York counties is extended to May 31 are now due June 30, 2020.

Gov. Henry McMaster: Restaurants Are Able to Open for Limited Dine-in Services Monday, May 11 issued May 8, 2020

Gov. Henry McMaster to Lift “Work-or-Home” Order May 4th issued May 1, 2020

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

South Dakota’s Back to Normal Plan issued April 28, 2020

Executive Order 2020-20 (Back to Normal Plan) issued April 28, 2020

South Dakota Retailers Association COVID-19 Municipal Ordinance Tracker 

  • City Closures and Reopen Dates

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

Executive Order 2020-08 issued March 23, 2020


TABC FAQ for Restaurant and Bar Owners Related to Executive Order 38 issued May 22, 2020

Executive Order No. 38 Expands the Number of Tennesseans Who May Return to Work Safely While Urging Continued Adherence to Social Distancing Guidelines to Limit the Spread Of Covid-19 issued May 22, 2020

  • Beginning May 22, restaurants and retail businesses may operate with full capacity (except in the 6 counties named below).
  • Restaurants, wine-only restaurants, and limited service restaurants may continue to offer carryout and delivery of alcoholic beverages until June 30, 2020, except as otherwise extended by Executive Order.

Economic Recovery Group to Lift Capacity Restrictions on Restaurants and Retail, Allow for Large Attractions to Open issued May 15, 2020

  • Lifts capacity restrictions on restaurants and retail to instead focus on social distancing best practices effective May 22 and issue guidelines to facilitate the safe reopening of larger, non-contact attractions on or after May 22.
  • Six counties – Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan – may continue to follow individual, county-specific reopening plans created in consultation with State and local health departments.

TABC Coronavirus FAQ -Expanded Off-Premises Sales for Restaurant and Bar Owners Related to Executive Orders 17, 21, 22, 23, 27, 29, and 30 UPDATED May 14, 2020

  • Restaurants, wine-only restaurants, and limited service restaurants may continue to offer carryout and delivery of alcoholic beverages until May 29, 2020, except as otherwise may be extended by Executive Order.

TABC FAQ for Restaurant and Bar Owners Related to Executive Order 30 issued April 28, 2020

Executive Order No. 30 An Order Allowing Tennesseans to Return to Work Safely While Encouraging Continued Adherence to Health Guidelines to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 issued April 28, 2020

TABC FAQ for Restaurant and Bar Owners Related to Executive Order 29 issued April 28, 2020

Executive Order No. 29 An Order Amending Executive Order No. 17 to Reopen Dining in Restaurants issued April 24, 2020

Guidelines for Opening TN Businesses issued April 24, 2020

TABC FAQ – Consumer Delivery Options UPDATED May 22, 2020

Executive Order No. 22 Direct Tennesseans to Stay Home issued March 30, 2020

Executive Order No. 21 An Order Amending Executive Order No. 17 To Further Mitigate The Spread Of COVID-19 issued March 30, 2020

TABC – Acceptable Forms of Identification UPDATED May 14, 2020

  • 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.

TABC Coronavirus Virus FAQ – Retail Package Stores UPDATED March 24, 2020

  • Guidance for drive-through window, curbside pickup and delivery to consumers.  Note that a package store may deliver to customers themselves or via a licensed delivery service subject to restrictions outlined below.

TABC Operational Changes Due to Coronavirus issued March 18, 2020

  • Effective immediately the time period for paying and/or resolving citations without penalty is extended.
  • Effective immediately the time period for renewing licenses without penalty is extended by 60 days.


Governor Abbott Announces Phase III To Open Texas issued June 3, 2020

  • Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated restaurants may also expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 on June 3.
  • Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75% on June 12.

TABC Industry Notice Regarding License and Permit Renewal Deadlines issued May 26, 2020

TABC Adopts Emergency Rule to Help Industry approved May 19, 2020

  • TABC commissioners voted to extend the expiration dates for seller/server certificates that would otherwise expire during the period of economic shutdown caused by COVID-19.

Minimum Standard Health Protocols and Checklist for Reopening Bars or Similar Establishments REVISED May 22, 2020

  • Effective May 22, 2020, bars or similar establishments, including winery tasting rooms, may operate for in-person service up to 25% of the total listed occupancy of the establishment and restaurants may expand to 50% occupancy.

TABC Guidance for Reopening Texas Businesses issued April 28, 2020

Governor Abbott Announces Phase One To Open Texas, Establishes Statewide Minimum Standard Health Protocols issued April 27, 2020

Executive Order No. GA-18 relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID- 19 disaster. issued April 27, 2020

Application to Defer Excise Tax Payment Due to COVID-19 Disaster issued April 23, 2020

Industry Notice – Excise Tax Reports & Payments – Late Submissions issued April 3, 2020

Industry Notice – Wholesale Deliveries to Retailers – Temporary Process for Signing the Invoice issued April 3, 2020

Industry Notice – Cash and Credit Law Penalty Exceptions issued April 3, 2020

Industry Notice – Repurchasing Product from Retailers Affected by Coronavirus/COVID-19 Situation issued April 3, 2020

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.


DABC COVID-19 Operational Notice for Licensees issued May 11, 2020

Governor Suspends Statute Requiring Certain Retail Licensees Serving Alcoholic Beverages to Notify the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Before Closing issued May 8, 2020

Phased Guidelines for the General Public and Businesses to Maximize Public Health and Economic Reactivation UPDATED May 6, 2020

Gov. Herbert Issues Executive Order Placing Utah Under “Moderate Risk” Protocols for COVID-19 issued April 30, 2020

Extension of Stay Home, Stay Safe Directive issued April 10, 2020

State Public Health Order issued April 1, 2020

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


Governor Phil Scott Announces Limited Reopening of Restaurants, Hair Salons, Additional Health Services issued May 22, 2020

DLC Liquor License Renewal Update issued April 27, 2020

Addendum 10 to Executive Order 01-20 (Work Smart & Stay Safe – Restart VT: Phase I) issued April 17, 2020

Expired Vermont Driver’s Licenses and IDs issued April 13, 2020

  • The Division of Liquor Control will allow alcohol licensees to accept expired Vermont driver’s licenses or identification cards that expired on or after March 13, 2020 as an acceptable form of identification.

Addendum 9 to Executive Order 01-20 issued April 10, 2020

  • Governor Phil Scott has extended the State of Emergency in Vermont until midnight, May 15, 2020.

Licensing Renewal Intent Form issued April 1, 2020

  • In response to the COVID-19 shutdown, the Division of Liquor Control has provided an on-line method of starting the renewal process. Licensees should submit this form prior to April 27, 2020 to ensure they are placed on the Valid After Expiration list.
  • Also see, letter to licensees describing the renewal process.

Division of Liquor Control’s COVID-19 FAQ’s UPDATED April 10, 2020

  • 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 unopened 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



An Important Update on ABC’s Response to COVID-19 issued May 29, 2020

ABC May 2020 Licensee Newsletter issued May 20, 2020

  • COVID-19 Licensee Updates

Licensee FAQS: Outside Dining Areas issued May 14, 2020

Governor Northam Announces Phase One Guidelines to Slowly Ease Public Health Restrictions issued May 9, 2020

Virginia ABC Guidance for Executive Order 51 and Executive Order 53 Declaration of a State of Emergency Due to COVID-19 UPDATED May 13, 2020

Virginia ABC’s Message Regarding COVID-19 issued April 17, 2020

Licensee FAQs: Cocktails to Go as of April 10, 2020

Virginia ABC’s Message Regarding COVID-19 issued April 9, 2020

  • The Governor directed ABC to defer license renewal fees for 90 days from original expiration date for establishments with licenses expiring in March, April, May and June.
  • Allows distillery tasting rooms and restaurants to sell mixed drinks (cocktails) for delivery or takeout.

Virginia ABC’s Message Regarding  COVID-19 issued April 6, 2020

  • Announces that in-state distillers may sell and ship up to six bottles of spirits or two cases of low alcohol beverage coolers directly to any one consumer or licensee per month.

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  updated continuously

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

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


WSLCB Information for Adding or Extending Outside Liquor Service issued June 1, 2020

Inslee announces expanded county variance criteria and Working WA Small Business Grants issued May 19, 2020

  • Under the new criteria, 10 additional counties will be eligible to apply for a variance. Twenty-two counties in the state are eligible in total. Combined, these counties represent 30% of the state.
  • COVID-19 County Variance Status Map

Inslee issues guidance for partially resuming the dine-in restaurant and tavern  industry (including winery tasting rooms) in Phase 2 issued May 11, 2020

Restricted Pre-Mixed Cocktails Allowance for Curbside Pick-Up or Delivery During COVID-19 Stay Home – Stay Healthy Order issued May 6, 2020

  • Effective immediately, restaurants with a Spirits, Beer, and Wine (S/B/W) license may sell pre-mixed cocktails with delivery and take-out food orders.

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.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Alcohol Licensees check back periodically for updates

COVID-19 FAQs for Licensees updated when new information is available and/or changes are implemented

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 MAY 6, 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 50% Indoor Capacity Restaurant and Bar, and Also Limited Entertainment Advisory issued May 29, 2020

  • Effective ONLY per the Governor Declaring Week 5 may proceed on Saturday, May 30, 2020

WVABCA 50% Indoor Capacity Restaurant and Bar Advisory issued May 21, 2020

  • Effective ONLY per the Governor Declaring Week 5 may proceed on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice signs order allowing Week 4 businesses to reopen Thursday issued May 19, 2020

WVABCA Limited 50% Indoor Dining Area Advisory issued May 18, 2020

WVABCA Limited Outdoor Dining Area Advisory issued April  30, 2020

Gov. Justice issued a “Safer At Home” order effective May 4, 2020

  • The “Safer At Home Order will be modified each week during The Comeback plan.

A Guide to Safely Opening our Restaurants Through Takeaway Service & Outdoor Dining issued April 28, 2020

  • Anticipated effective date is May 4, 2020

Gov. Justice unveils plan to reopen state: West Virginia Strong – The Comeback announced April 27, 2020

WVABCA License Renewal Advisory issued April 10, 2020

Executive Order No. 23-20 issued April 9, 2020

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 UPDATED April 3, 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


On May 13, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the governor’s safer at home order, effective immediately. This rendered the Safer at Home and Badger Bounce Back orders unenforceable.

DOR on Tap Alcohol Industry Newsletter issued May 2020

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


Restrictions ease under new orders, Governor allocates $17 million in CARES Act funding to expand COVID-19 testing and health response issued May 14, 2020

Wyoming County Variance to State Health Orders Map updated on a rolling basis

Executive Order 2020-07 (supersedes and replaces Executive Order 2020-6) Restaurant/Bar & Grill Emergency Liquor Service issued April 28, 2020

Executive Order 2020-06 (supersedes and replaces Executive Order 2020-5) Restaurant/Bar & Grill Emergency Liquor Service issued April 3, 2020

  • Increases the amount of wine and beer restaurant and bar & grill licensees can sell for take-out and/or curb-side pick-up.

Wyoming Department of Health Guidance for Grocery and Retail Stores UPDATED April 7, 2020

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

  • Allows restaurant and bar & grill licensees to sell beer and wine for take-out and/or curb-side pick-up.

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