- The Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division is aware of the many challenges we are all facing during this difficult time.
- As of 5 p.m. March 17, all restaurants and bars will temporarily close and will not provide on-premises consumption. This order by the Governor will last until at least through March 27.
- As a reminder, establishments must have an off-sale license to sell alcohol that is allowed off the premises.
- Our licensing staff remains available and will continue to process new liquor licenses and renewals.
- All on-site inspections that are currently scheduled will take place. As more information becomes available about COVID-19, the inspection schedule could change.
- Information about COVID-19 can be found on at the Minnesota Department of Health website.
Stay safe and healthy, and we will all work together to get through this challenging time.
COVID-19 & Liquor Return Policy for Establishments
- The evolving response to COVID-19 has created unusual circumstances in the liquor industry.
- The cancellation of many events and required bar closings have created a commercial reason to allow wholesale distributors to pick up on-sale retail alcoholic beverage product, issue the on-sale accounts a credit, and resell the product to off-premise (off-sale) accounts, which are still allowed to operate their businesses.
- The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) link is: https://www.ttb.gov/images/newsletters/archives/2020/ttb-newsletter03132020.html
- Please consider this approval to cover all needed product returns from affected businesses until the restrictions placed upon them is removed.
This information is also available on our website at: age.dps.mn.gov