A Note to Retailers from Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement (AGE) Affected by the Closure

COVID-19 Information

  • ​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