Governor Polis issued an Executive Order requiring all liquor licensees to stop alcohol sales at 10 p.m. each day from July 23 through August 21. You can read the full order here.
The Liquor Enforcement Division issued a series of bulletins to clarify how enforcement will work for this order.
The first clarifies that the 10 p.m. last call applies to both on- and off-premise liquor licensees. You can read the full bulletin here.
The second clarifies that licensees do not need to close to the public at 10 p.m. -- they just need to stop alcohol sales. Food service after 10 p.m. may continue as usual, and customers may stay on premises to finish drinks that were purchased prior to the 10 p.m. cut-off. This cut-off also applies to room service and to-go/takeout, however as long as drinks were ordered and paid for before 10 p.m., they can be delivered after 10 p.m. Establishments can demonstrate that drinks were sold before 10 p.m. by either using a POS system with a time stamp, or by closing alcohol tabs before 10 p.m. and starting new tabs for additional food service. Read the full bulletin here.
The third specifies that on-premises liquor licensees must cease alcohol beverage sales for on-premises consumption by 10 p.m. nightly, and may not resume alcohol beverage sales until 7 a.m. the following morning. This applies to takeout/to-go orders and room service, but it DOES NOT apply to delivery -- on-premises liquor licensees may continue to sell alcohol for delivery as usual until 2 a.m. Off-premises licensees may stay open until midnight. Read the full bulletin here.
Note that LED and local enforcement will be enforcing over-service violations, and LED is out in the field doing investigations. Restaurants and bars should be mindful of over-service when they are doing last call before 10 p.m.
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