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Utah's governor suspends liquor law, helping bars and restaurants still closed by COVID-19

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Posted at 6:26 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 20:26:36-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert offered some relief for bars and restaurants still closed because of COVID-19.

In an executive order issued late Friday, the governor suspended a provision of state law that required liquor licensees to notify Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control of any sudden closures.

"This temporary suspension is intended to make sudden closures due to restrictions related to COVID-19 less burdensome on these licensed establishments by ensuring that closures mandated by public health do not cause licensing issues," the governor's office said in a statement.

It will allow those businesses forced to close (and still closed) to keep their liquor licenses. Under normal circumstances, failure to notify the DABC could lead to forfeiture of a liquor license.