The Board of License Commissioners of Calvert County (the Liquor Board) to Allow Delivery of Alcohol by License Holders
Responding to requests made by Calvert County restaurant owners and other liquor license-holders to deliver alcoholic beverages to customers as a result of restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 crisis, The Board of License Commissioners of Calvert County (the Liquor Board) has authorized county licensees to deliver.
The Liquor Board Chairman Bob Arscott’s made an announcement to Calvert’s licensees:
The board understands and appreciates the hardships you are currently going through as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis and the social-distancing measures currently in place in Maryland. In an effort to ease some of the pressure on you all and to encourage people to stay at home, the liquor board has decided to implement the following:
Pursuant to § 4-507(b)(1) of the Alcoholic Beverages Article, the liquor board hereby authorizes the retail delivery of alcoholic beverages to a purchaser subject the following conditions:
Deliveries may only be made by the license holder or an employee of the license holder 21 years of age or older.
All license holders making deliveries of alcohol shall keep a “delivery log” containing at least the following information for each and every delivery made — the date and time of the delivery, the purchaser who received the delivery, the person making the delivery and the brand, size, and quantity of alcohol delivered. Additionally, copies of receipts for all deliveries must be maintained as part of the log.
It should go without saying, but deliveries may be received only by persons 21years of age or older and it is the obligation of the person making the delivery to check identification and ensure that no underage sales being made via delivery.
Any licensee violating these provisions shall be subject to penalty under § 14-2802 of the Alcoholic Beverages Article. Additionally, in the event any license holder is found to have made an underage sale via delivery, that license holder’s authorization to sell alcoholic beverages via delivery shall be revoked.
This authorization is effective only so long as Section V. of Governor Hogan’s Emergency Order of March 18, 2020 is in effect. The liquor board reserves the right to rescind this authorization or impose additional restrictions and/or requirements for retail alcohol deliveries in Calvert County at any time. The liquor board intends to revisit the issue of whether or not to authorize retail alcohol deliveries once the current COVID-19 crisis has passed.