3/20/2020

Dear Members,

The Governor released an Executive Order this evening that allows all bars and restaurants to sell alcohol for both delivery and takeout. This comes on the heels of his more in depth announcement this morning that detailed various actions the state is pursuing to ease the burden off of businesses and citizens. Click here for the Executive Order.

The order includes:

  • Must operate a licensed on-premise retail establishment that sells food, or brewery that operates an approved salesroom, and provide alcohol beverage in sealed containers;
  • Must hold one of the following on-premise retail license types: Beer and Wine, Brew Pubs, Club Licenses, Distillery Pubs, Hotel & Restaurant, Lodging and Entertainment, Tavern, or Vintners Restaurant;
  • Must sell alcohol with the sale of food (food and alcohol purchases must be reflected on the same receipt or transaction), or brewery with an approved salesroom;
  • Must provide only products manufactured on-site, if a licensed as a distillery pub or brewery (may not provide mixed drinks);
  • Not violate the delivery requirements of the sealed container law****
  • Sell to only those individuals who are 21 years of age or over (individual placing the order must provide their name, date of birth, and delivery address) and verify information upon delivery; and
  • Retain all records regarding the delivery of alcohol beverages.

***It is the Liquor Enforcement Division’s interpretation that a ‘sealed container’ does include a to-go cup with a lid***

The Tavern League along with other industry associations have requested other forms of relief such as extending the amount of time retailers have to pay wholesalers for alcohol purchased to 90 days as well as deferring the collection and property and sales and use taxes for 60-90 days.

Things are quickly evolving and I will keep you up to date as information becomes available. As always, please call or email me with any questions you have.

Thank you!
Stephanie


3/18/2020

Dear Members,

I know you’re all dealing with worst case scenario right now. Please know, we are doing everything we can to achieve any kind of relief. The Tavern League, along with other on-premise associations are speaking with local and state leaders and working with the Department of Labor and Employment on various ways to lessen the impact you are all experiencing.

Governor Polis has said Colorado will not be exploring relief efforts so we are focusing our effort on the Federal government. A few different options that have been suggested are an economic stimulus package (both the US House and Senate are working on this and should vote on them this week), allow for temporary interest-only payments on Small Business Administration Loans ad mortgage payment deferrals which would allow both businesses and employees to defer mortgage payments.

Colorado has a variety of unemployment resources available.

Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet
**This is extremely important**
This will trigger Federal government disaster relief funding to Colorado. Please fill this worksheet out and send it to John-Michael Hill at Denver’s Economic Development Office: john-michael.hill@denvergov.org. He will forward them on.

Employee Resources
Needless to say, you’re all extremely concerned about how to take care of your employees during this time of uncertainty and closure. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment provides resources for individuals looking for work.

  • Connecting Colorado is a job search database that individuals can access for statewide jobs as well as connect with career professionals to assist with resumes and interview skills.
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Job Attached Unemployment: This is for those employees that are expected to return to their most recent job after a 16 week separation.

**Please know with so many people applying, websites may be down and extended delays are likely**

This is uncharted territory and I know everyone is extremely worried. Please stay strong and hang in there! As always, do not hesitate to call or email me with questions at stephanie@thetavernleague.com or 720-231-5777.

Sincerely,
Stephanie


3/17/2020

Dear Members,

Due to COVID-19, Governor Polis has announced he will be following Denver’s model of restaurant closure which is all dine-in services will be suspended beginning today at 8:00am. Take-out and delivery will still be available. The order will remain in effect for 30 days but it is likely the state will model Denver’s timeline until May 11. The state will also be enforcing the CDC’s guidelines of recommending gatherings of 10 people or more be canceled. This is a rapidly evolving situation and I will keep you up to date on the latest announcements and changes.

In the meantime, please see below for resources related to unemployment and economic impacts. I will also be sending a resource guide to assist your businesses and employees during this uncertain time.

Businesses:

Employees:

Given that this has already had a significant impact on the industry, please email me at stephanie@thetavernleague.com and share the effects this is having on your businesses. This will help when speaking to lawmakers and regulatory agencies on potential next steps and ways to help.

I know how difficult this has been on everyone involved in the industry. This is certainly an unprecedented situation and we will do everything we can to ensure a positive outcome. Thank you for your commitment to the industry and please stay strong!

Sincerely,
Stephanie