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Gov. Lamont Extends On-Premise Restrictions, Permit Extenstions

By April 10, 2020Connecticut, Top News

Governor Ned Lamont announced on April 9 that Connecticut public schools will remain closed until May 20 and that restaurants and bars will stay closed until that date as well.  The governor also announced renewal date for on-premise liquor permits to be extended. The modified state statute provides that all on-premise liquor permits in active status when Executive Order No. 7D went into effect on March 16, 2020 will be extended by four months, including any business whose permit expired between March 16 and April 9.

Specific provisions on note for the restaurants, bars and liquor retail include:

Delivery Signature Requirement Suspended. Sections 30-16(e)(3), 30- 18(b), 30-18a(b), 30-19f(c), 30-37q, and 30-93a of the Connecticut General
Statutes are modified so that a consumer need not sign upon receipt of alcoholic beverages for delivery or curbside pick-up, provided that the age of
the consumer receiving the alcoholic beverages is verified to be age twenty one or older and the consumer is not intoxicated. The Commissioner of
Consumer Protection may issue any implementing orders or guidance that she deems necessary to effectuate the purposes of this order.

Return of Permit Not Necessary for Temporary Closures Pursuant to Executive Order No. 7D. Section 30-6-A6 of the Regulations of Connecticut
State Agencies is modified to waive the requirement that permittees must notify the Department of Consumer Protection of business closures for sixty
days or less if said closure is a result of Executive Order No. 7D. Section 30- 6-A6 is further modified to waive the requirement that a permittee return the
permit to the Department of Consumer Protection if the business is closed for more than 60 days if said closure is a result of Executive Order No. 7D so
long as the business intends to reopen following the termination of Executive Order No. 7D.

Ninety-day Provisional Permits. Section 30-35b of the Connecticut General Statutes is modified to authorize the Commissioner of Consumer Protection,
or her designee, to review and approve the issuance of provisional permits, the renewal of such permits and any follow-up review, which would otherwise
have been reviewed and approved by the Liquor Control Commission. Any such decisions shall be made public by posting them on the Commission’s
web site and including them on the agenda for the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Liquor Control Commission. The Commissioner of Consumer
Protection may issue any implementing orders and guidance that she deems necessary to implement this order.

Renewal Date of On-Premise Liquor Permits to Be Extended. Section 30-14(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 30-6-A3 of the
Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies are modified to provide that all on-premise liquor permits in active status when Executive Order No. 7D went
into effect on March 16, 2020 shall be extended by four months, including any business whose permit expired between March 16 and the effective date
of this Order. The Commissioner of Consumer Protection may issue any implementing orders and guidance that she deems necessary to implement this order.

 

 

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