BLLC COVID-19 Updates

Announcement: On August 6, 2021, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) released guidance for Baltimore City’s licensed establishments concerning the Baltimore City Health Department's updated Order as it establishes an indoor mask mandate. To see a copy of the Health Department's Order, please click here. To see a copy of the BLLC’s guidance, please click here.

Press Release: The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued guidance today, June 25th, 2021, to licensed establishments in Baltimore City on the upcoming lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions at the State and City level. Licensees were notified they must come to current status with their liquor license as well as any related licenses, as Governor Hogan terminated his Executive Order suspending deadlines, effective midnight on July 1, 2021. Additionally, licensees in Baltimore City must cease any extra carry out or delivery of alcoholic beverages not already approved under their previously existing license. The special privilege Governor Hogan allowed for sale of “to go” cocktails for carryout or delivery also ends on June 30, 2021, and the normal licensing timelines and activity as set by Maryland Law and the BLLC Rules and Regulations all resume.  To see a copy of the press release, please click here. To see a copy of the BLLC’s guidance, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this guidance, please reach out to the BLLC’s Deputy Executive Secretary at [email protected].

Announcement: In response to the updated Executive Orders from Mayor Brandon M. Scott, aligning Baltimore City with Executive Orders from Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr., the BLLC provides the following additional guidance to our licensees on the current restrictions:

In general, you may resume operating at 100% of your fire marshal rated capacity, both indoor and outdoor.

The following restrictions should be noted and are still mandated by law

  • Staff must continue to wear face coverings at all times. 
  • Indoor dining patrons must continue to wear face coverings except when eating or drinking. 
  • For adult entertainment licenses, performers as well as staff must continue to wear face coverings.

Additionally, BLLC reminds you that we are still under a State of Emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Licensees should practice social distancing and encourage patrons to do the same. Finally, licensees should note that Governor Hogan’s most recent Executive Order permits you to continue providing alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for delivery or carryout, assuming you comply with all other legal requirements. These changes take effect Saturday, May 15th, at 12:01 a.m.

To see a copy of the Governor's Executive Order, please click here. To see a copy of the Governor's Executive Order regarding delivery or carryout of alcoholic beverages, please click here. To see a copy of the Mayor's Executive Order, please click here.

Announcement: On March 29, 2021, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) notified Governor Lawrence J. Hogan that it will suspend late fees for 30 days for 2021-2022 liquor license renewal applications, from April 1, 2021, to April 30, 2021. Please note that the due dates for the 2021-2022 renewal season have not changed, and *all applications for annual license renewal and all protests of renewal remain due on March 31, 2021*, as required by state law. To see a copy of the BLLC’s Letter to Governor Hogan, click here. To see information related to the 2021-2022 license renewal period, click here.

Press Release: On Tuesday, December 8, 2020 the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) under the authority granted to it through Executive Order 20-06-19-01, voted unanimously to waive in total all annual renewal alcoholic beverage license fees for the 2020-2021 license period. This action was taken after consultation with the offices of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and City Council President Brandon Scott. Further, the Board will lift its suspension of the 2019-2020 license year on December 12, 2020. This will end the 2019-2020 license renewal period effective December 31, 2020. To read the Press Release, please click here. To see a copy of the License fee waiver letter, 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.

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.

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.