From a Small Business Owner in Montgomery County, Maryland.
According to the Montgomery County Department of Alcohol Beverage Services, there are 1,050 liquor license holders in Montgomery County, Maryland. This number does not include the thousands of food-only service businesses in Montgomery County. HHS claims they’ve closed or cited 8 restaurants/bars total in Montgomery County for failure to abide by COVID-19 regulations. Of these 8, HHS cannot confirm how many of them held liquor licenses.
Now, every establishment that serves alcohol, including those that pay $2,500.00 per year for an extended license to serve alcohol between 12:00 am-2:00 am on the weekends, are being forced to stop serving at 10:00 pm.
With all the millions being spent on contact tracing, one would think it would be fairly easy to identify establishments not adhering to the regulations.
The County charged existing businesses additional fees for new applications to conduct business during COVID-19; they are doing all they can to hurt businesses with policies that don’t make anyone safer. This is another chip away at our freedoms and another step towards complete government control.
Original Press Release: https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=25677
Executive Order 87-20: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/exec/Resources/Files/orders/087-20.pdf