ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — If you could use a drink, the Howard County Board of License Commissioners unanimously voted on July 14 to extend alcoholic beverage and carry out programs for the next two years, the Howard County Council said Wednesday.
Both consumers and residents wanted the programs to continue, said Councilman David Yungmann, who is also chairman of the liquor board.READ MORE: Baltimore Mayor Says Vaccine ‘Difference Between Life and Death’ As Some City Neighborhoods Only 30% Vaccinated; Mayor, Governor Say No New Restrictions For Now
The alcohol to-go and delivery programs were created last year through Gov, Larry Hogan’s state of emergency as a way for restaurants and bars to generate income during COVID-19-related closures and seating capacity restrictions. Some provisions would expire under state law in two years, but the carryout provision would be permanent for Class B restaurants and hotels pursuant to a bill the Howard County delegation approved, according to a council statement.READ MORE: Police Investigating Fatal Shooting Of Kevin Glendenning At Royal Farms In Rosedale
The updated rules are on the council website.MORE NEWS: Baltimore Police Searching For Suspects In Multiple Federal Hill Armed Robberies
“Throughout this pandemic, we’ve seen our businesses adapt and shift on a dime to make their services safer and more accessible,” Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said in the statement. “Businesses in Howard County approached the temporary changes responsibly and we’re pleased that this permanent change will provide additional opportunities for restaurants and other establishments to thrive.”