BLLC COVID-19 Updates

Reminder: Your 2019-2020 License is still valid and has not expired on May 1, 2020. The BLLC will update all stakeholders in regards to license renewal when more information is available. Moreover, the BLLC will send correspondence to all licensees informing them of the timelines, payment, and processing of their license renewals for the 2020-2021 license year upon the rescission of the Governor’s Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency. Please see the Press Release that was originally issued by the BLLC on March 23, 2020 regarding this matter. To see a copy of that Press Release, please click here.


Announcement: On November 20, 2020 the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued revised guidance for Baltimore City’s licensed establishments concerning Governor Lawrence J. Hogan’s Executive Order Amending and Restating the Order of November 10, 2020, Regulating Certain Businesses and Facilities and Generally Requiring Use of Face Coverings, in light of Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Mayoral Executive Order further clarifying guidance concerning the operation of Restaurants and Bars for Indoor and Outdoor Dining effective on November 12, 2020.

This amended guidance reflects the State-wide closure time of 10:00 pm for indoor and outdoor dining, which goes into effect Friday, November 20, at 5:00 pm. To see a copy of the BLLC’s guidance to licensed establishments in Baltimore City, please click here

Announcement: On November 12, 2020 the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued revised guidance concerning the revised limitations on indoor consumption of alcoholic beverages and food at Restaurants and Bars, which is effective at 5:00 pm on November 12 2020, in light of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Executive Order issued on November 12, 2020. To see a copy of the BLLC’s guidance to licensed establishments in Baltimore City, please click here. To see a copy of Mayor Young’s Executive Order issued on November 12, 2020, please click here.  

Announcement: Please see information from Mayor Young in regards to the Mayor’s Outdoor Seating Heating Solutions Program here.

Announcement: On September 9, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued guidance for Baltimore City’s licensed establishments concerning Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Mayoral Executive Order allowing for Partial Reopening Pursuant to Phase II in light of Executive Order 20-09-01-01 issued by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan and Maryland Department of Health Order 2020-09-01-01 issued by Secretary Robert R. Neall. To see a copy of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Executive Order, please click here. To see a copy of the BLLC’s Guidance Document, please click here.

Announcement: On September 4, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued guidance to its licensed establishments concerning Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Mayoral Executive Order allowing for the Partial Reopening of Restaurants and Bars for Indoor and Outdoor Dining and Gatherings issued on August 7, 2020 in light of Executive Order 20-09-01-01 issued by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan and Maryland Department of Health Order 2020-09-01-01 issued by Secretary Robert R. Neall. To see a copy of the BLLC’s guidance document, please click here. To see a copy of the Maryland Department of Health’s Order, please click here. To see a Copy of Mayor Young’s Executive Order, which was issued on August 7, 2020, please click here.

Announcement: On August 7, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued guidance to its licensed establishments concerning Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Mayoral Executive Order allowing for the Partial Reopening of Restaurants and Bars for Indoor and Outdoor Dining and Gatherings. To see a copy of the BLLC’s guidance document, please click here. To see a copy of the Baltimore City Department of Health’s Guidance Document, please click here. To see a Copy of Mayor Young’s Executive Order, which was issued on August 7, 2020, please click here.

Press Reslease: On July 29, 2020 Governor Lawrence J. Hogan issued Executive Order 20-07-29-01, which requires Face Coverings to be worn by all individuals over the age of five (5) years. To see a copy of Governor Hogan's Executive Order, please click here. To see a copy of the BLLC's Guidance Document concerning Executive Order 20-07-29-01, please click here.

Announcement: On July 23, 2020 the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued revised guidance concerning the prohibition on indoor consumption of alcoholic beverages and food at Restaurants and Bars, which is effective at 5:00 pm on July 24, 2020, in light of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Executive Order issued on July 22, 2020. To see a copy of the BLLC’s guidance to licensed establishments in Baltimore City, please click here. To see a copy of Mayor Young’s Executive Order issued on July 22, 2020, please click here. To see a copy of Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa’s Directive and Order Regarding Face Coverings in Public issued on July 22, 2020, please click here. To see a copy of Mayor Young’s Order issued on June 29, 2020, please click here. To see a copy of the Maryland Health Department’s Order issued on June 12, 2020, please click here.

Press Release: On Thursday, June 11th, 2020 the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) voted unanimously to waive fees for Temporary Outdoor Permit Extensions after being granted the authority to do so by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan through his issuance of Executive Order 20-06-11-01 on the same day. The BLLC also released guidance to its licensees on the temporary extensions process to enable the addition of outdoor seating and service in an expedited timeframe. To read the Press Release, please click here. To see the guidance documents and letters issued to licensees, please click here and here.

Announcement: On May 28, 2020 the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued guidance to licensed establishments in Baltimore City concerning Maximum Occupancy and outdoor table service in light of Executive Order Number 20-05-27-01 issued by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan on May 27, 2020. To see a copy of the Governor’s Executive Order, please click here. To see a copy of the BLLC’s guidance to licensed establishments in Baltimore City concerning Maximum Occupancy and outdoor table service, please click here.

Announcement: On April 15, 2020 Executive Order Number 20-04-15-01 issued by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan that provided guidance to retail establishments concerning the use of Face Coverings and implementation of certain physical distancing measures within such establishments. To see a copy of the order, please click here. Please note that this guidance applies to all licensed establishments, including licensed establishments that provide food service,  in the City of Baltimore. We advise all members of the public to call 311 and report any incidents of what they believe to be violation of this or any other of the Governor’s Orders as it relates to licensed establishments.

Announcement: On April 6, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued guidance concerning the authorization of Remote Notarizations as it relates to filing various applications with the BLLC to ensure compliance with Executive Order Number 20-03-30-04 issued by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan on March 30, 2020. To see the BLLC’s guidance, please click here. To see Governor Hogan’s Executive order concerning Remote Notarizations, please click here.

Announcement: On March 22, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued revised guidance to licensed establishments in Baltimore City concerning carry out and delivery procedures for alcoholic beverage service in light of Governor Lawrence J. Hogan’s Executive Order published on March 16, 2020. To see the revised guidance in English, please click here. To see the revised guidance in Spanish, click here. To see the revised guidance in Korean, click here.

Press Release: On Monday, March 23, 2020 the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) announced updated precautions it is undertaking to ensure the safety of the general public and BLLC employees in light of Baltimore City Health Department recommendations regarding “social distancing” due to COVID-19. To see a copy of the press release, please click here.

Press Release: On March 20, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) notified Governor Lawrence J. Hogan’s Office that, after finding that the action(s) described herein will not endanger the public health, welfare, or safety, the BLLC decided to suspend the effect of all legal and procedural deadlines, due dates, time of defaults, time expiration, and periods of time as State law affecting renewal application deadlines and late fees, Protest of Renewal petitions, pending transfer applications, and other such matters effective March 12, 2020. To see a copy of the BLLC’s Press Release, please click here.  To see a copy of the letter sent by the BLLC to the Governor’s Office, please click here.

Announcement: On March 22, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued revised guidance to licensed establishments in Baltimore City concerning carry out and delivery procedures for alcoholic beverage service in light of Governor Lawrence J. Hogan’s Executive Order published on March 16, 2020. To see the revised guidance, please click hereTo see a copy of the Governor's Press release, please click here.