The CCBA has released the following statement after California Governor Gavin Newsom’s press conference on the latest business changes in the state in response to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis.
Statement from the California Craft Brewers Association in Response to Governor Newsom’s March 15 Press Conference:
Today the Governor addressed the people of California, requiring certain businesses to close and others to increase social distancing protocols. The Governor is requiring breweries to close their tasting rooms, but he did not direct breweries 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. Breweries interested in guidance on these items should contact the CCBA.