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What's New?

Licensing Continues

​There are many challenges we are all facing during this difficult time. Our licensing staff remains available for questions and we will continue to process new liquor licenses and renewals. All on-site inspections that are currently scheduled will take place.

Executive Order 20-99

​All restaurants and bars will be required to close on Nov. 20 at 11:59 p.m. and will be prohibited from providing on-premises alcohol consumption.  This order by the Governor will continue through Dec. 18, 2020.

The following establishments must stop all food and beverage service for all on-site consumption, whether indoors or outdoors:

  • Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, brewer taprooms, micro distiller cocktail rooms, farm wineries, craft wineries, cideries, golf courses and clubs, dining clubs, and other places of Public Accommodation that offer food and beverages for onsite consumption.

Information about Executive Order 20-99 can be found on at the Minnesota Department of Health of Health website.

Limited Off-Sale for Restaurants Closed by Executive Order Approved by Legislature

​Gov. Tim Walz signed legislation earlier this year that allows establishments with on-sale, on premise, liquor licenses to sell beer and wine with takeout orders.
Bars and restaurants will be able to sell an unopened six-pack of beer, cider or hard seltzer or a bottle of wine with food orders.

Under the law signed on April 17, 2020:

  • Only establishments with a licensed restaurant can sell the equivalent of a six-pack of beer or a standard bottle of wine without acquiring an off-sale license.
  • The alcohol must be sold with a to-go order.
  • The alcohol must be in its original, unopened container or bottle. 
  • The person picking up the order must be 21-years-old or older.
  • Food deliveries cannot include alcohol.
  • Municipalities will be allowed to opt out of the change.

COVID-19 & Liquor Return Policy for Establishments

​The evolving response to COVID-19 has created unusual circumstances in the liquor industry.

The cancelation of many events and required bar closings have created a commercial reason to allow wholesale distributors to pick up on-sale retail alcoholic beverage product, issue the on-sale accounts a credit, and resell the product to off-premise (off-sale) accounts, which are still allowed to operate their businesses.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) link is:

Please consider this approval to cover all needed product returns from affected businesses until the restrictions placed upon them is removed.

Stay safe and healthy, and we will all work together to get through this challenging time.

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