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Hard-hit bars, restaurants getting fee waiver due to virus

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 16:26:38-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s bar and restaurant operators are getting a break from alcoholic beverage renewal fees in a cost-saving step as they struggle with revenue losses from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is granting a 12-month fee renewal waiver to license holders, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday.

Bar and restaurant operators who haven’t submitted the renewal fee this year won’t have to pay until 2021, he said. Those who have paid this year will have their fees waived in 2021, he said.

“This has certainly been a difficult year for our bars, restaurants and venues, and they deserve this innovative support as we face what could be a very painful winter,” Beshear said.

Bars and restaurants have endured capacity limitations to help contain the virus.

The fee waiver doesn’t apply to producers, distributors, wholesalers and others able to continue operations throughout the virus-related state of emergency.