California Bars May Lose License for Defying Shut Down Orders

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Warns Bars to Abide by Public Health Orders

As reported by KPBS, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is warning licensees that open in violation of the Governor’s shut down order may be subject to administrative action. Proposed administrative actions include the right to suspend or revoke the alcohol license of a licensee who fails to comply with orders. According to the ABC, licensees are required to:

  • “Keep their premises closed to dine-in customers and on-site consumption of alcoholic beverages;
  • Permit only take-out or curb-side pickup;
  • Post signage indicating limited service; and
  • Prohibit patrons from gathering or congregating in or about their premises.”

The proposed regulations are being reviewed by the Office of Administrative Law. If passed, the Department would be allowed to “issue an emergency decision temporarily suspending a license, temporarily suspending specific licensed privileges, or temporarily imposing conditions on a license in situations involving an immediate threat to the public health, safety, or welfare that requires immediate action.”

During the pandemic and shut down, many people fear that there will be an increase in substance use. Dependence or reliance on alcohol can lead to a number of health problems. It is important to ensure that you address any concerns immediately. Increased access to alcohol may pose a health risk in more than one way.  Alcohol use can be monitored through devices like the SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring device or a remote breathalyzer.