DISCUS President & CEO Chris Swonger issued the following statement on COVID-19: 

As bars and restaurants across the country close to stop the spread of COVID-19, our primary concerns are ensuring the safety of patrons and hospitality industry employees, and supporting hospitality workers, bars and restaurants during this very difficult time.

We are working closely with regulators at the federal and state level to develop plans that ensure operational continuity, minimize disruptions and support economic assistance for hospitality industry workers.  At the federal level, we are:

  • Coordinating with TTB to ensure business continuity and minimize disruptions
  • Exploring how to minimize regulatory hurdles so that the industry can help address the hand sanitizer shortage
  • Exploring with Congress opportunities to support small businesses in the hospitality industry including distilleries and their employees

At the state level, we are working with states to explore creative solutions for on and off-premise establishments, such as easing regulations in states to permit curbside pick-up and home delivery to adults of legal purchase age. For example, in New York and New Jersey, bars and restaurants will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol, effective at 8 p.m. this evening.

We are also reaching out to state regulators to seek relief on any manual filings or payments that may be difficult as organizations shift to working remotely.

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