|ORDERS, ADVISORIES AND SPECIAL RULINGS (updated 7/9/2020):
NJ DOH Protocols for Food or Beverage Service in Outdoor Areas
Special Ruling Amending and Superseding SR 2020-02 (In Part), SR 2020-07, SR 2020-11 and Approving the Industry Credit Resolution, SR 2020-13.
Extension of Credit Relaxation to July 15, 2020, SR 2020-11
Covid 19 Expansion of Premise Permit SR 2020-10
Order Extending Coop Purchasing, Solicitor and Transit Insignia Permits, AO 2020-03
Special Ruling Granting Further Extension of Credit
Cocktails to Go Advisory Notice 2020-06
Order Authorizing Extension of 2019-2020 Municipal and State Licenses and Permits through Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Special Ruling Relaxing Signature Requirement, Product Returns, Credit, Notices of Obligation and Bill and Hold
Special Ruling Relaxing of Transit Insignias
Special Ruling Suspending Enforcement of Any Violations by Plenary Distillery Licensees and Craft Distillery Licensees for Production of Hand Sanitizer or Distilled Spirits to be Used for Hand Sanitizer
Order Extending Certain ABC Permits (Ad Interim, TAPs and Minor Work)
Special Ruling 2020-01 Granting the Relaxation of Schedule A, Paragraph 2(j) of the Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses (Allowing Delivery)
||ABC General Covid-19 Information
- Consumption licensees may offer service in outdoor areas provided they comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders and that includes NJ DOH Covid 19 Protocols for Food or Beverage Service in Outdoor Areas. NJDOH Executive Directive 20-014 is posted in the column to the left.
- Licensees that fail to comply with Executive Orders will be subject to ABC enforcement action.
- Effective immediately, with limited exceptions, individuals in outdoor public areas must wear face covers. Individuals in licensed outdoor areas at bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, or distilleries must wear face covers except when eating or drinking. Customers picking up takeout orders or using restrooms or otherwise inside the premises must wear face covers. Licensees must provide face covers and gloves to all food service personnel.
- Outdoor areas now include any open air space that either (1) has no roof or cover or (2) a fixed roof or temporary/seasonal covering/awning, with at least two open sides that would comprise over 50% of the total wall space if the space were fully enclosed. Executive Order 163.
- Clubs: Effective immediately, Executive Order 153 allows public and private clubs to open their outdoor areas only. Clubs with liquor licenses are eligible for the new Expansion of Premise permit.
- New Expansion of Premise Permit: Effective June 15 outdoor service is permitted. Covid 19 restrictions must be observed. This new permit is available to all licensees with retail consumption privileges. The permit will allow licensees to expand their licensed footprint to nearby property to accommodate social distancing. The permit is valid until November 30. There is a one-time $75 fee. ABC is accepting permit applications exclusively through POSSE online. Applications must be endorsed by municipal clerk and police chief through the POSSE portal. No paper applications.
- Cocktails to Go: Certain consumption licensees are permitted to sell for off premise consumption mixed drinks in up to 16 oz. containers with tamper evident seals. Disposable paper or plastic cups or lids that have holes are not permitted. No one may transport alcoholic beverages for a licensee without an ABC Transit Insignia except carriers with a valid ABC transportation permit. Formal guidance is posted in the column to the left.
- Licensed bars and restaurants may continue to offer take-out or delivery during regular posted business hours. Until further notice no inside table or bar service are permitted and no one is permitted to consume alcohol inside the premises. Report violations to local police or ABC at 866-713-8392.
- Credit and return regulations have been relaxed pursuant to Special Rulings posted to the left.
- The term of all municipal and State liquor licenses and permits has been extended to Sept. 30, 2020. Renewals are now available on POSSE.
- Unless otherwise required by statute or regulation, all documents sent to the ABC should be submitted by email in PDF format to the appropriate ABC Bureau or staff member. Routine filing of paper documents is discouraged. In some cases. Any paper document sent to ABC by mail must also be accompanied by a PDF version on electronic media such as a thumb drive or by email. Please note that at this time OAG-L&PS will not accept submission of an OPRA request by fax or email, but general correspondence can be sent to ABCPublic@njoag.gov.
- No in person visits to ABC offices are permitted without an appointment. ABC staff will be available for telephone or video conferences. Applicants and licensees are encouraged to make payments due to ABC by E-check or credit card.