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Liquor and Cannabis Board: Help for Licensees During COVID-19 Restrictions

 

Today I received the following announcement from Rick Garza, Director of the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board:

Help for Licensees During COVID-19 Restrictions

The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) has been working quickly to consider steps the agency can take to help licensees throughout this period of business restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are making some temporary modifications to allow businesses to act quickly.

Our intent is to allow additional ways for you to engage your customers without having to have your doors open for business. Please note however, the agency does not have authority to change state laws. Unless indicated otherwise, these temporary modifications are effective until a date to be determined later.

Guidance for Licensees with Alcohol Privileges: Effective Immediately

Returns of Alcohol Product

Applies to: alcohol distributors, alcohol licensees
Due to the emergent circumstances, we are providing approval for distributors to pick up product from businesses impacted by COVID-19, which includes the allowance for distributors to provide a refund for the returned product. This temporary approval will be effective until April 01, 2020.

Retail licensees impacted by closures may contact their distributor(s) to request the return of product.
Distributors should email Lieutenant Robert Knowles at [email protected] with the retail liquor license number(s) and product to be returned. This will allow us to track the impacts of the current situation and plan for future response.

Please remember, this does not change the prohibition against consignment sales. Distributors are still not authorized to exchange product for a different product, per WAC 314-12-140.

UPDATE/CORRECTION: 

Correction: Updated LCB Email Contact for Returned Product. This message is to update the message sent last evening entitled Help for Licensees During Covid-19 Restrictions.  That message included an incorrect email address for Robert Knowles. Instead, the message should say: Distributors should email Lieutenant Robert Knowles at [email protected] with the retail liquor license number(s) and product to be returned. This will allow us to track the impacts of the current situation and plan for future response.

Curbside Service and Delivery

Applies to: alcohol licensees with “to go” privileges

If your on-premises business has “to go” or “home delivery privileges” for the sale of alcohol, licensees may immediately sell their allowed products to customers outside of their business but within the licensed property line. For, example, a brewery may sell growlers to customers at curbside. Follow this link to Temporary Allowed Services by License Type.

If you currently do not have “to go privileges” but the law allows you to do so, you may apply for that privilege by filling out Temporary Allowed Activities Form on the LCB website. We are working with local authorities to waive or accelerate the 20-day local review requirement.

Delivery

Applies to: Alcohol licensees with “delivery” privileges if your on-premises business has “home delivery privileges” but have not applied for the added delivery endorsement, please use the Temporary Allowed Activities Form listed above.  We are working with local authorities to waive or accelerate the 20-day local review requirement.