CA ABC Released a Regulatory Relief

CALIFORNIA ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL NOTICE OF REGULATORY RELIEF

In short, all current license holders will be allowed to sell to consumers with limitations. This temporary relief was issued after the statewide shelter in place order was announced. We've summarized the basics for you below. You can read the full notice here. If you have any questions or need clarification based off of your license type, please reach out to us.

We reached out to the CA ABC and requested a breakdown of these changes by license type. Today, they came through with the guide. You can see it here and go to your license type to see exactly how the relief applies to your business.


WHOLESALE CHANGES

  1. Returns Permitted. Manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors are now permitted to accept returns from retailers.

  2. Extension of Credit Permitted. Manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors are now permitted to extend credit beyond 30 days.

  3. Delinquencies. Manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors are now permitted to waive penalty's and restrictions for delinquent accounts.

RETAIL CHANGES. Applies to current license holders

  1. Retail to Retail Sales Permitted. Off-sale retailers can buy alcoholic beverages from bars and restaurants.

  2. To Go (Pickup or delivery). All bars and restaurants with a qualifying beer and wine license can sell manufacturer pre-packaged alcohol (cans, bottles, kegs of beer, hard kombucha, cider, wine); a full-alcohol license can also sell bottles of liquor. to go with a meal order. Restaurants with liquor licenses can sell beer, wine or pre-made cocktails packaged in a container with a secure lid or cap, with the sale of food. Lids with sipping holes or straw openings cannot be used. If transporting in a vehicle, alcohol must be in the trunk. Refillable containers are allowed (see below).

  3. Drive-Thru/Walk-Up Window Sales. Allowed to sell alcohol through the drive-thru/walk-up window or cubside.

  4. Hours of Operation. All retailers can be open every day of the week, twenty hours a day, from 6:00am through 2:00am. No alcohol sales between the four-hour period of 2:00am and 6:00am.

  5. Type 74 license holders - Delivery to Consumers. All craft distillers can do home delivery of up to 2.25 liters per customers per day. Payments can be accepted upon delivery (at doorstep) as well as on business premises.

  6. Refillable containers. Growlers, jarred cocktails and other refillable containers are permitted.

  7. Licensees who close. Retailers who decide to suspend their alcohol retail privileges, will not be in violation of failing to exercise retail privileges for 15+ days and do not need to surrender their license.

  8. Required posting. All retailers must prominently post (display on the premises, post online, provide to consumer purchasing or delivery person transporting, the following notice regarding open container laws:

“Alcoholic beverages that are packaged by this establishment are open containers and may not be transported in a motor vehicle except in the vehicle’s trunk; or, if there is no trunk, the container may be kept in some other area of the vehicle that is not normally occupied by the driver or passengers (which does not include a utility compartment or glove compartment (Vehicle Code Section 23225)). Further, such beverages may not be consumed in public or in any other area where open containers are prohibited by law.”

Click here for a PDF you can print or use for online posting.

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