Updates
March 20, 2020

Food and Beverage Impacts During COVID-19

What new COVID-19 (coronavirus) related rules and regulations apply to my Vermont restaurant?

Vermont’s Governor Phil Scott has issued Executive Order 01-20 which requires that all restaurants, bars and establishments that offer food and drink stop on-premises service.  Said restaurants, bars and establishments may offer food and beverage take-out. This Executive Order will remain in effect until April 6, 2020, unless earlier amended or extended. Read the Executive Order, as amended through March 20, 2020 here.

What new COVID-19 (coronavirus) related rules and regulations apply to my New Hampshire restaurant?

On Monday, March 16, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issued Emergency Order #2 Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04, which prohibits gatherings of 50 people or more in the State of New Hampshire.  In addition, the Order restricts food and beverage sales to “take-out” and delivery.  This Order will remain in effect until Monday, April 7, 2020.  Read the Emergency Order here.

Have Vermont liquor licensing restrictions applicable to my business changed?

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued a Gubernatorial Directive to the Board and Commissioner of the Department of Liquor and Lottery to allow “to-go” sales of alcoholic beverages with the purchase of a meal. The Directive also permits delivery of alcohol products by licensed retail stores. Read the Directive here.

The Department of Liquor and Lottery Division of Liquor Control has published a list of frequently asked questions which may be accessed here.

Have New Hampshire liquor licensing restrictions applicable to my business changed?

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issued Emergency Order #6 Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04, which allows all restaurants, diners, bars, and other establishments having both a restaurant license and an on premise license from the New Hampshire Liquor Commission to allow delivery or take-out of beer and wine. All beer and wines must be transported in their original, sealed containers, and must be accompanied by food prepared by the restaurant licensee. This Emergency Order will remain in effect until Monday, April 6, 2020. Read the Emergency Order here.

Visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for more information.

Have more questions? Reach out to Walter Judge (wjudge@drm.com) or Mary Parent (mparent@drm.com

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