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Northam announces actions providing relief for restaurants and distilleries

9 April 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News


Gov. Northam issued an executive directive authorizing the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) to defer annual fees for licenses and permits that would be up for renewal through June. This affects some 6,000 establishments in the state.

“These deferrals will allow businesses to continue to operate without concern over choosing between keeping an employee or renewing a license,” said Virginia ABC CFO Travis Hill in a news release. “Without this relief, some closed businesses would be in the position of paying a fee for a license they can’t exercise or risk losing their license. Virginia ABC is committed to supporting retailers, restaurants and their employees during this pandemic.”

Northam also directed the Virginia ABC to allow establishments with mixed beverage licenses, such as restaurants and distilleries, to sell mixed beverages through takeout and delivery. Northam stated this will help these businesses augment their revenue steams so they can continue serving their customers and employing Virginians. 

Executive Directive Ten was created in an effort to ease pandemic-related economic pressures and will remain in place as long as Virginia is under a state of emergency.

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