The Howard County Council approved the following rules for the delivery of alcohol by licensees in Howard County

The following was post by Councilwoman Christiana Rigby on Facebook:

FYI: The County Council, sitting as the Howard County Board of License Commissioners, just approved the following rules for the delivery of alcohol by licensees in Howard County:

1. This Resolution applies in Howard County to restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, liquor stores, and other entities holding a local license to sell alcoholic beverages.

2. A licensee may deliver alcoholic beverages to a customer in the County at a residence or business or at a curbside pickup location proximate to the licensee, subject to the conditions of this Resolution.

3. A licensee shall not allow on-premises consumption; however, a licensee may sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption, provided the alcoholic beverages are promptly removed from the premises. This Resolution does not change the types of alcoholic beverages that a particular licensee may sell.

4. A licensee may deliver beer, wine, and liquor under this Resolution. This Resolution does not change the types of alcoholic beverages that a licensee may sell. Purchasers are not required to be on site to order the delivery of alcohol.

5. Alcoholic Beverages shall be in containers that are sealed at the place of manufacture or in refillable containers sealed by the licensee. A Class D licensee or Class B licensee may not sell liquor except as an ingredient in a mixed drink delivered in a sealed container that does not exceed 12 ounces; however, a Class D licensee with a liquor store attached may also sell liquor that is sealed at its place of manufacture.

6. A licensee shall comply with any social-distancing recommendations of the Maryland Department of Health.

7. A licensee shall comply with all other legal requirements pertaining to alcoholic beverage sales, including sales limitations, recordkeeping, and verification of the age of recipients.

8. A Class B licensee may only deliver alcoholic beverages as part of an order that includes food. A licensee of another Class need not include food with the order.

9. Alcoholic beverages may only be delivered by an individual who is at least 21 years of age and who is Alcohol Awareness Certified. This does not apply to curbside delivery proximate to the licensee.

10. A license shall keep a delivery log with the purchaser’s name and address, date of the purchase, and verification that the purchaser is of age to purchase alcoholic beverages.

These changes are designed to help our small businesses continue to operate in Howard County through delivery options while our restaurants, bars, and breweries are closed. To view the rules change resolution, please visit:…


This local step was necessary after “Maryland Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that allows for delivery and carry-out sales of alcohol by restaurants, bars, distilleries, and wineries“. Happy to see the Howard County Council move quickly on this issue.

The Google sheet put together by The Merriweather Post is a great resource for locations offering this service (CLICK HERE). If you have additions that should be added be sure to update the Google sheet or let the The Merriweather Post know what businesses should be added.

Scott E

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