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County Cancels Late Night Alcohol Sales Program After Increase in COVID-19 Cases

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 6, 2020

Montgomery County’s Late-Night Alcohol Sales Program, which allows food service establishments to serve alcohol after 10 p.m. if they received a waiver from the County, will be cancelled effective Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. When the program was launched as part of Executive Order 114-20 in early October, regulations were issued that would automatically suspend the program if:

  • the County’s three-day test positivity average exceeds 3.25 percent;

  • the three-day average of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeds 100;

  • there is an increased association of indoor and outdoor dining with COVID-19 positive contacts of greater than 3 percent combined;

  • or more than 10 percent of inspected participants result in findings that warrant a citation, closure or revocation of a permit.

According to the County’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard, the three-day average of new confirmed cases is 167 and the three-day test positivity average is 3.9 percent. 

The 198 businesses with a waiver to serve alcohol after 10 p.m. were notified on Thursday, Nov. 5 of the program’s cancellation.

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Release ID: 20-672
Media Contact: Mary Anderson, 240-777-6507