Update 2: The California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) sent out an “important update” email after Governor Newsom’s press conference:
We’ve received confirmation from the Office of the Governor regarding the closures and timeline. The state is mandating that all brewery tasting rooms are closed to the public starting at the end of business hours tonight [Sunday, March 15]. It is currently unclear how long this requirement will be in place given the scope of this public health crisis response.
- Breweries are NOT required to stop production or cease off-site sales. Breweries are still allowed to continue to manufacture beer, self-distribute beer, conduct off-site sales (to go orders from the brewery) and deliver beer direct-to-consumers.
- While the Governor used the term “brewpub” to broadly describe breweries with on-site sales, he was likely referring to breweries with only a tasting room. “Brewpubs” are breweries with restaurants. While we are still seeking clarity, based on the recommendations of the Governor regarding restaurant operations, CCBA’s understanding is that brewpubs will be allowed to stay open with the directive to maintain “deep social distance” between patrons and reduce capacity by 50 percent to accommodate this.
CCBA will continue to communicate in real time to its members as more information is released.
This is a new era and an incredibly challenging time for many industries and individuals. The CCBA staff and board of directors are currently and continually discussing how we can help provide a support system for many of your businesses via financial relief through stimulus packages and other legislative efforts to support the economy during this unprecedented time.
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday called for the closure of all bars, breweries, nightclubs and wineries in the state, but stopped short of ordering it. Restaurants could stay open at half capacity.