Restaurants, Bars Impacted By COVID-19 Get 90-Day Fee Relief

PHOENIX – Restaurants and bars have been hit hard by the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 health crisis. As a result the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control will defer the payment of all liquor licensing fees by 90 days.

Previously, missing a liquor licensing payment period could result in a restaurant’s inability to sell liquor or even the loss of its liquor license.

Arizona small business coalitions requested the additional financial relief for establishments and small businesses that could have faced penalties for late fees come April 1.

“We recognize that supporting our community during this unprecedented time requires an all-hands-on-deck approach,” said Director of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, John Cocca in a press release. “Deferring these fees for 90 days while many establishments are either closed or offering take-out only is the right thing, and we are glad to partner in this effort.”

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