On May 18, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker issued a plan, Reopening Massachusetts, which provides a four-phase reopening of businesses in the Commonwealth including retail alcohol licensees for on-premises consumption.
Following the plan, the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission issued the following.
Please be advised that all on-premises consumption licensees remain prohibited from selling alcohol for on-premises consumption to the public until June 8, 2020 at the earliest, awaiting further notice by the Governor. 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 are permitted. Please refer to the ABCC’s April 3, 2020, Advisory for how § 12 licensees may sell wine and malt beverages for off-premises consumption during the state of emergency, which can be found HERE
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).