BLLC COVID-19 Updates

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.

Press Release: On March 30, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) canceled its public hearings scheduled for the month of April of 2020 out of concern for the health and well-being of the general public and BLLC staff arising from COVID-19. To see a copy of the press release, 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.

Announcement: On March 23, 2020, Governor Lawrence J. Hogan issued Executive Order 20-03-23-01 requiring all non-essential businesses in Maryland to cease operations at 5pm on March 23, 2020. Upon review of the Executive Order and Interpretive Guidance from the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel, establishments that are licensed by the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) are considered essential businesses and thus not required to cease operations as per this Executive Order. The BLLC reminds all licensed establishments to follow the revised guidance issued to licensed establishments in Baltimore City concerning carry out and delivery procedures for alcoholic beverage service on March 22, 2020. To see a copy of Governor Hogan’s Executive order, please click here. To see a copy of the Interpretative Guidance from the Office of Legal Counsel, please click here. To see a copy of the BLLC’s guidance to licensed establishments concerning carry out and delivery procedures for alcoholic beverage service, please 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.

Press Release: On March 18, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued additional 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 full press release, please click here. To see Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel issued additional interpretative guidance on Governor’s Executive Order issued on March 16, 2020, please click here.

Press Release: On March 18, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) canceled its public hearings scheduled for March 26, 2020 out of concern for the health and well-being of the general public and BLLC staff arising from COVID-19. To see a copy of the press release, please click here.

Press Release: As per Governor Lawrence J. Hogan’s Executive Order, effective March 16, 2020 at 5:00pm all restaurants, bars, taverns, and other similar establishments within the State, including Baltimore City, shall cease and desist from selling food and beverages for on-premises consumption to the general public. To see a copy of the press release, please click here. To see a copy of the Governor's Press release, please click here.

Press Release: Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) announces new precautions it is undertaking during the 2020 renewal season 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 the press release, please click here.