Regional Stay At Home Order
This Industry Advisory summarizes the impact of this Order on businesses holding alcoholic beverage licenses.
Update: This summary has been superseded by the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. As the guidance and response from the California Department of Public Health to the COVID-19 pandemic have changed, the rules and parameters for ABC Licensees have also changed.
On December 3, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a Regional Stay At Home Order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to continue facilitating a consistent approach across the state to slow the spread of COVID-19. If a region falls below the 15% ICU threshold, it will have to implement the restrictions in the order beginning 11:59 PM the day after that assessment is made. The order will remain in effect for at least three weeks. If local public health orders are more restrictive, licensees must comply with those.
The information provided in this advisory relates to licensees serving the public. The limitations described do not apply to production line activities that do not involve the public, such as manufacturing or distributing alcoholic beverages (which have been designated as “critical infrastructure” pursuant to Section 3 of the Essential Workforce guidance).
This Industry Advisory clarifies the extent to which licensees may exercise license privileges under the Regional Stay At Home Order:
- Restaurants (licensed and required to operate as a bona fide eating place) may exercise off-sale privileges and sell manufacturer sealed containers of beer, wine, and distilled spirits (depending on the privilege of the specific license) for pick-up or delivery. This does not require that alcoholic beverages be sold only in conjunction with meals. Restaurants may also sell “cocktails to-go” (i.e., opened containers of beer, wine, or distilled spirits/mixed drinks) only in conjunction with meals.
- Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries may exercise off-sale privileges and sell sealed containers of alcohol as permitted by the specific license for pick-up or delivery. This does not require that alcoholic beverages be sold only in conjunction with meals. Bars, breweries, wineries, and craft distilleries that also operate or have the capacity to operate as a restaurant are treated the same as restaurants and may also sell “cocktails to-go” only in conjunction with a meal. If the licensee does not operate its own kitchen, they may partner with a “meal provider” to serve meals.
For licensees exercising off-sale retail privileges as detailed above, customers are permitted on the licensed premises to purchase and/or pick-up alcoholic beverages or meals. However, licensees may not serve any food or beverages to such customers for consumption on the licensed premises while they wait for their order. In addition, the number of people permitted to be on the premises shall not exceed 20% of the occupancy capacity at any given time.
Additional information regarding regulatory relief and the extent to which various licenses may exercise license privileges during this time may be found in prior advice issued by the Department and in this Guidance by License Type.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
- First Notice of Regulatory Relief
- Second Notice of Regulatory Relief
- Third Notice of Regulatory Relief
- Fourth Notice of Regulatory Relief
- Fifth Notice of Regulatory Relief
- Sixth Notice of Regulatory Relief
- Seventh Notice of Regulatory Relief
- Eighth Notice of Regulatory Relief
- Renewal Fee Waiver
- 2021 Renewal Payment Extension
- Guidance by License Type
- Blueprint for a Safer Economy
- Meal Requirement Guidance
- Frequently Asked Questions
Additional information may be obtained by contacting:
Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Email us at email@example.com
Call (916) 419-2500