Today, MLCC released a reopening resource page that provides licensees with guides, license and permit applications and other relevant content. The MLBA, along with other industry groups and MLCC, have been working together as part of a workgroup tasked with coming up with ideas to help ease licensees back into business upon reopening. Some of the ideas include expanding outdoor service areas and cutting the red tape for additional licenses and permits. Below are some of those ideas that have come to fruition. We hope the governor continues to open up new areas of the state quickly and we look forward to helping licensees reopen safely.
“We were happy to be a part of the workgroup that made this happen,” MLBA Executive Director Scott Ellis said. “Any members who have questions about reopening in general or about anything released today from MLCC are more than welcome to give us a call. We are here to help guide you through the process and get you ready to reopen.”
The Commission and a number of industry partners have prepared resources to aid licensees as they prepare to reopen to the public.
When licensees are allowed to reopen to the public, all licensees must comply with Executive Orders, local health department orders, and local ordinances regarding reduced occupancy rates and social distancing protocols related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The MLCC has prepared a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) for on-premises licensees regarding reopening to customers. This FAQ document will be updated with new information as it becomes available. Posted below are reopening resources from a number of industry partners and links to several Commission forms that licensees may find useful for preparing to reopen their businesses to the public.
To help boost the safe reopening of bars and restaurants across the state, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) today announced streamlined licensing for outdoor services and additional bar permits, and launched a new webpage with reopening guidelines and resources for liquor licensees.
“At the governor’s direction, we are pleased to join her in helping liquor licensees get back to business in a safe and profitable way. This is our top priority right now,” said MLCC Chair Pat Gagliardi. “Licensees brought their needs to the table through a ‘reopening workgroup’ and the Commission took action. I want to thank MLCC Commissioners Ed Clemente and Brad Jacobsen, co-chairs of the workgroup and all those who participated to help make these changes happen.”
The MLCC convened a “Reopening Workgroup” comprised of stakeholders, liquor licensees and other interest groups that met virtually to share ideas and consider written suggestions from restaurant and bar owners on what they needed to help them prepare for reopening their businesses. As a result, the MLCC is now streamlining the application process for:
Liquor licensees can go to the new Reopening Resources webpage at: www.michigan.gov/lcc for these applications and much more information, including:
These steps are the latest measures taken by the MLCC to assist liquor licensees whose businesses have been impacted by Executive Orders issued during this COVID-19 health crisis. Over the last several weeks, the MLCC has by Administrative Order:
Upon reopening, licensees have a responsibility to take all necessary steps to minimize the risk and combat the spread of the coronavirus in their hospitality establishments and communities all across Michigan.
For more information on the coronavirus/COVID-19 state of emergency please visit the State of Michigan’s coronavirus website at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.
The mission of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is to make alcoholic beverages available for consumption while protecting the consumer and the general public through regulation of those involved in the sale and distribution of these alcohol beverage products.
Forms for Reopening Related License and Permit Requests
- WHITMER TO OPEN NORTHERN MICHIGAN BARS/RESTAURANTS WITH CAPACITY LIMITS
- Distributors Allowed to Pick Up Expired Beer/Empties in Opened Regions