LCB Seeking Help Licensees During COVID-19 Restrictions

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March 16, 2020


To:         LCB-Regulated Licensees

Fr:          Rick Garza, Director

Re:         Help for Licensees During COVID-19 Restrictions


As you are aware, this morning Gov. Inslee and state health officials announced additional steps to address the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

The announcement temporarily closing bars, restaurants, and other places where people gather will have a major impact on your business.  Distilleries, breweries, wineries and marijuana retailers are not required to close at this time. However, all public and private on-premises licensed locations, including tasting rooms, are required to cease operations until at least April 1, 2020.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) recognizes the financial impact these closures will have on your business and employees.  We are working now to identify ways we can support you during the closures. For example, we have received questions about curbside service and alcohol product returns. We are working on those issues now.  

We will be making some modifications to our current regulations to allow businesses to act quickly. Our intent is to allow additional ways for you to engage your customers without having to have your doors open for business. 

As we make decisions about how we can help you through this challenging time, we will communicate directly with you via GovDelivery email distribution lists tomorrow.

These are challenging times for all economic sectors. Our intent is to help where we can.  Please stay tuned. Thank you.