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California Governor Gavin Newson announced today a new stay “stay home” order that will close brewery and winery tasting rooms, bars and pubs and all indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants.
Restaurants will be able to provide to-go orders and breweries will be able to sell beer curbside to consumers as well as direct shipping and delivery to customers.
The stay home orders will be implemented by region across the state, with the state’s 40 million population being broken down into five regions. Any region that surpasses 85% capacity of hospital intensive care units will be placed into the stay home order for a minimum of three weeks. Although all five regions are currently below the 85% capacity threshold, it is expected that all five regions will surpass the threshold with days.
A group of 57 senators sent a letter to Senate leadership yesterday asking them to pass the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA, S.362/H.R. 1175).
According to a Brewers Association statement, the letter was spearheaded by Senate Finance Committee ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), the lead sponsor of the bill, and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), both of whom have been leaders in supporting the recalibrated excise tax rates and the important role that craft beverage producers play to the United States economy.
The letter acknowledged the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on producers across the country, and implored Congress to not let the existing rates expire, which would result in many small breweries seeing their excise tax rates increase by up to 100%..
Unless Congress acts, the current federal excise tax rates will expire on Dec. 31, 2020. The Brewers Association is advocating for passage of CBMTRA to ensure the rates are made permanent, as well as for additional pandemic relief for breweries and the hospitality industry.
Full text of the letter here.