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Utah liquor stores in Summit, Wasatch counties to start loosening restrictions

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Posted at 10:12 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 12:12:28-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said it will start loosening restrictions at liquor stores in Park City and Heber area as a result of those counties moving to a lower risk level for COVID-19.

"We are consulting with managers of those stores to increase the number of customers allowed in the stores at any one time. This, as is now, based on the size of the store," DABC spokesman Terry Wood said in an email to FOX 13.

"Other precautions will remain in place for now, including the sanitizing of the shopping carts, checkout counters and card readers and maintaining the social distancing requirements. At this time, store hours of noon to 7pm remain in place."

The state has started loosening restrictions as the governor has ordered more of a re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, Summit and Wasatch Counties were moved from an "orange" or moderate risk level to "yellow" or lower risk level on the color-coded scale the state has published. Grand County, Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Magna and Bluff are still at an orange risk level.

The DABC has seen a surge in sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. Utah controls the sale and supply of alcohol.

State-run liquor stores will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day.