March 16, 2020

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

ABC Board Operations Plan for COVID-19


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        CONTACT: Dean Argo
                                                                                                                     (334) 213-6330

    In recognition of and cooperation with Governor Kay Ivey’s declaration of a State Emergency
due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Alabama ABC Board has taken immediate
steps to limit possible exposure to its employees, patrons, and licensees. Until further notice, the
ABC Board Central Office, Warehouse, and 177 stores will continue to operate normally, without
or with limited interruptions.

   However, understanding that COVID-19 symptoms, exposure rates, cases, and precautionary
measures are evolving hourly, and that much of Board operations involve employee and patron interaction, ABC staff are identifying possible operational modifications and contingency plans if
and/or when circumstances dictate. These modifications include limiting store hours, number of
patrons allowed in an ABC store at one time, reducing the number of stores in suburban areas,
moving personnel to assist higher-performing stores, limiting employee interactions, and allowing Central Office personnel to work from home, where possible.

   The safety of our employees, patrons, and licensees are of utmost concern. We deeply appreciate
the trust shown to the ABC Board and will continue to provide premiere services, as long as it
remains safe to do so.

   We encourage licensees, patrons, interested citizens, and the media to visit the ABC Board
website ( for the latest information regarding operations.


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