The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, in partnership with Governor Inslee’s office, state, and local health officials, created a very temporary COVID alcohol incentive allowance to support the on-going public health COVID-19 vaccination effort! Through June 30th, WA wineries, breweries, restaurants, and other liquor licensees can voluntarily choose to participate by hosting a vaccination clinic at your winery and/or satellite tasting rooms or by providing a purchased alcohol-based incentive for a customer who can show proof they received a COVID vaccine shot between May 15-June 30. This is a completely voluntary incentive-based effort to get more vaccines in arms so our state can fully reopen once we hit 70% of eligible WA residents have at least one vaccine dose administered.
Host a pop-up vaccination clinic at your winery and/or satellite tasting room(s)
We can help you partner with your local health department to schedule a pop-up vaccination event at your winery and/or tasting rooms in June. Please note, pop-up clinics will be dependent on local health capacity and they may not be able to accommodate all requests. Complete the form via this link to register and we will be in touch soon to help you get all you need to successfully host a pop up vaccine site at the winery or tasting room(s).
Wineries who would like to provide some incentive between now and June 30 but are not able to host a vaccine site, please email us at email@example.com with a good contact name and we will be available to help assist your team with any help, questions, or other to feel confident as you participate in this vaccination effort. Again, this entire effort is completely voluntary. The goal is to promote vaccinations and responsible wine tasting experiences so our state can fully reopen.
The Liquor & Cannabis Board has adopted a temporary advisement to make compliance for this event supporting public health easier. On-premises liquor establishments may offer one alcoholic beverage at no cost to customers with proof of vaccination under the following conditions:
- The customer provides proof to their server that they were vaccinated (first or second vaccination) between May 15, and June 30, 2021 (licensees may choose a window of time between the vaccination date and when the drink can be redeemed, as long as the vaccination was completed within the allowed time period);
- Customers are limited to one drink;
- The liquor establishment can provide the drink, or a non-industry member sponsor may pay for the drink;
- The drink and taxes are paid for at cost of production by the licensee or a non-industry sponsor; and
- Advertisements and public information provided by licensees related to drink with vaccination promotions may not contain the words “free” or “complimentary” but may indicate a drink will be purchased on the customer’s behalf with proof of vaccination.
This allowance will expire July 1, 2021. For additional questions, please contact LCB Customer Service at (360) 664-1600, or your enforcement officer.
Governor Inslee announced a plan to move forward in his Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan.
On Tuesday, May 18, all counties moved or stayed in Phase 3, which allows indoor service at 50% capacity and a limit of 10 people per table.
In addition, the Governor announced the new strategy for reopening will be focused on vaccination rates. He expects the state will entirely reopen on June 30, or sooner if 70% of eligible Washington residents receive at least their first vaccine. As soon as this happens, COVID restrictions on most industries – including eating and drinking establishments – will be lifted.
The Governor also announced that Washington will adopt the CDC’s new federal guidelines for masks. This new guidance is for fully vaccinated people, meaning people who are two weeks removed from their second shot of Pfizer or Moderna or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The state will work with the Department of Health and Labor & Industries to update our guidance documents as soon as possible.
…..effective immediately with the exception of Seattle/King County,
- Businesses are not required to enforce masking for non-vaccinated patrons. This is consistent with our current mask order
- Businesses are not required to check vax cards or any other proof of vaccination
- Businesses may still adopt a policy that masks are required for all patrons and a policy to check for proof of vaccination
Thursday June 17, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
This webinar is free for Washington Wine Institute or Washington Winegrowers members, $40 for non-members
Join the Washington Wine Institute and Washington Winegrowers Association for the WSLCB and TTB webinar for WA Wineries. The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 17th, from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM.
The Washington Wine Institute and Washington Winegrowers are partnering to make both Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau regulatory experts accessible to you. This webinar will break down top compliance issues with the goal of making lawful operations easier to understand and implement! We’ll also review beneficial policies each agency has recently implemented. And, you can submit your anonymous questions in advance! Submit your questions at time of registration or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Members of WWI or Winegrowers: FREE
Speakers and Topics
- Director of Licensing Rebecca Smith, Director of Enforcement Chandra Brady, Customer Service Manager Beth Lehman, and Policy and Rules Coordinator Audrey Vasek will join us to review the impacts of 2021 legislative session, new licenses, permits, and endorsements, new rules in effect, COVID guidance, and common enforcement issues
- Erin Hogarty, TTB Investigator, will cover include common compliance issues relating to product integrity investigations, taxes, and labeling. She will also discuss key provisions of the Craft Beverage Modernization Tax Reform Act, which are now permanent.
If you are a Winegrowers member, please login with your membership credentials.
If you are a Washington Wine Institute member, please contact Josh McDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org, directly for your promo code. If you are not a Washington Wine Institute member and would like to sign up, doing so is easy and can be done by clicking here!