Guidance for licensed establishments concerning carry out and delivery of alcoholic beverage operations in light of the March 19, 2020 executive order

Snow Hill, MD – In ongoing efforts to provide additional guidance to licensed establishments within Worcester County, Maryland, the Board of License Commissioners for Worcester County requests that all applicable licensees adhere to the following guidelines to ensure compliance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order issued on March 19, 2020.

What Class of license may provide carry-out and delivery? Class A, Class B and Class D licensed establishments, may make sales of alcoholic beverages for off-premise (packaged goods) consumption only.  Licenses approved for only beer and wine may not sell liquor.
What Class of licenses are prohibited from providing carry-out and delivery? Class C Beer and Wine and Class C Beer, Wine, and Liquor are prohibited from providing carry-out and delivery services.
Are Distilleries, Breweries, or Wineries allowed to provide carry-out and delivery of alcoholic beverages? Yes.  Distillery, Brewery or Winery license holders may provide carry-out or delivery services for alcoholic beverages that are products produced by the license holder and in sealed containers.
Are there any restrictions on the types of products licensees may offer for carry-out or delivery? Licensees may ONLY offer alcoholic beverages that are manufactured and distributed by wholesalers in sealed containers for carry-out or delivery.
Are license holders allowed to provide alcoholic beverages in cups or other open containers for off-premises consumption? Licensees are STRICTLY PROHIBITED from providing alcoholic beverages in cups or other open containers for off premises consumption.
Is this a permanent privilege?No. This is a temporary privilege permitted by the Executive Order issued on March 19, 2020.  This temporary privilege remains effective until the termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency.
Sales to Minors. Sales to minors are STRICTLY PROHIBITED.  A completed Delivery Customer Form must be signed by the customer for each delivery transaction.
Visit www.co.worcester.md.us to obtain an application for off-premises permission and delivery customer form.