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Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Advisories

Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Advisories

March 15, 2020

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker issued an Order Prohibiting the Gathering of More Than 25 People and On-Premises Consumption of Food or Drink, barring all on-premises consumption of food and drink in Massachusetts in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Effective beginning at 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all on-premises consumption licensees are prohibited from selling alcohol to the public until 11:59 p.m. on April 5, 2020. This includes restaurants, bars, hotels, general-on-premises, clubs, war veterans' clubs, continuing care retirement communities, pub-brewers (M.G.L. c. 138, §§ 12 and 19D), farmer-series pouring permits, and manufacturer's pouring permits (M.G.L. c. 138, §§ 19(b), 19B(n), 19C(n), and 19E(o)). These establishments are also prohibited from serving any food or drinks for on-premises consumption; only takeout and delivery of food is permitted.

Please note that this Advisory does not apply to licenses for off-premises consumption, including grocery stores, pharmacies, package stores, direct wine shippers, and farmer-series licensees (M.G.L. c. 138, §§ 15, 19B(g)(2), 19C(g)(7), 19E(g)(7), and 19F).

As always, all licensees must ensure that they comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and that sales of alcoholic beverages take place only as authorized by federal, state, and local law. All questions should be directed to Ralph Sacramone,, 617-727-3040 ext 731.

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March 19, 2020

In light of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (..Commission") recognizes the hardship posed to § 12 licensees to comply with the sixty-day credit terms on invoices as outlined in M.G.L. c. 138. § 25.

Therefore. the Commission orders that the credit terms for all invoices issued on or after January18 , 2020 , to § 12 licensees are extended by thirty (30) days to a total of ninety (90 ) days forpayment of those invoices. This extension does not apply to any other license type or to § 12 licensees already listed on the credit delinquency list as of the date of this order.

All of the following must be met to qualify for this extension of credit terms from sixty (60) to ninety (90) days:

  1. the licensee must be a § 12 licensee
  2. the § 12 licensee must not be listed on the credit delinquency list as of the date of issuance of this order; and
  3. the invoices that are subject to the extension must be issued on or after January 18, 2020.Licensees who meet the above criteria do not need to apply to the Commission for this extension of credit terms as these terms apply automatically.

Licensees who do not meet the criteria are reminded that they may still apply to the Commission for relief pursuant lo M.G.L. c. 138, § 25, in the ordinary course.

This order shall remain in effect until rescinded by the Commission.

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