COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) – Temporary liquor license and 2:30 a.m. permit refunds are part of an executive order issued by the City of Covington to clarify the rules on alcohol sales in restaurants passed by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The order is part of a series signed by Covington Mayor Joe Meyer to help local businesses stay solvent and protect jobs during the global health crisis.
Previous ordinances created a temporary loan program to help businesses pay rents and / or mortgages, pushed back 90-day filing and tax payment deadlines, and waived permit fees typically associated with development projects, construction and renovation.
“The restaurants and bars in Covington are part of what makes our city thrive,” said Meyer. “We know that restrictions designed to slow the spread of the virus are hurting many of them, and we are taking steps to mitigate this economic impact and help them survive this unprecedented time.”
Under the Meyer decree, the City undertakes to:
- Reimburse the City of Covington temporary ABC license application fees for special events canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, such as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
- Pro-rata the annual 2.5 hour permit fee for the period the bar cannot use the 2.5 hour permit.
Any business requesting a refund or having questions about the refund should contact the city’s ABC administrator, Municipal Lawyer Michael Bartlett, at [email protected]
Meyer’s decree also clarifies at the local level the temporary rules authorizing the sale of alcohol by restaurants for consumption outside establishments.
Governor Beshear ordered bars and dining halls closed on March 16 as part of “social distancing” practices designed to slow the spread of the highly contagious respiratory disease. However, the governor also announced that restaurants could sell food through take-out and delivery and that alcohol could be included in sales, with restrictions.
Covington’s order specifies these restrictions:
- Alcohol should be in original closed and sealed containers.
- Alcohol should be purchased with a meal, not in large quantities.
- Anyone delivering food and alcohol must be at least 20 years old.
- Delivery vehicles do not need to be marked.
- It is illegal to sell or deliver alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
Covington’s Decree can be seen HERE.
Recent state legislation (Senate Bill 150) which has now been signed by Governor Beshear further clarifies that existing licensees can sell alcohol by packet in original sealed containers or by drink in a container. covered or sealed. Additional answers to frequently asked questions during the COVID-19 outbreak are available on the ABC State website. HERE.
City staff will continue to assess its new rules against any future action taken by Governor Beshear and the Commonwealth, and future action will be taken as necessary.
Above, press release provided by the City of Covington.