State Allows Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries to Serve Alcohol Without a Meal Regardless of Tier

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Service

State public health officials released updated reopening guidelines Thursday, allowing breweries, wineries and distilleries to operate without serving meals regardless of their county’s tier.

Breweries, wineries and distilleries have been allowed to operate under restaurant guidance since last year, provided that they provide meals with alcoholic beverages. Alcohol vendors that did not provide meals, either from their own kitchens or a partnered vendor such as a food truck, had to remain closed in the purple and red tiers.

Starting Saturday, that will change, according to the California Department of Public Health. 

Breweries, wineries and distilleries in red and purple tier counties will be allowed to serve alcohol to customers outdoors, provided that those customers have reservations and do not stay for more than 90 minutes. On-site consumption without a meal must also end by 8pm.

In the orange tier, the affected businesses may also resume indoor operations at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Yellow tier restrictions increase those caps to 50 percent and 200 people, according to the CDPH. 

Bars that do not serve meals in purple and red tier counties must remain closed while bars in orange tier counties will be allowed to operate outdoors with modifications and those in yellow tier counties will be allowed to operate indoors at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. 

State officials also announced that, beginning June 1, overnight sleepaway camps can resume with restrictions in red, orange and yellow tier counties. 

Up-to-date information on tiers and which businesses can operate in each county can be found on the state’s website.

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