ABC Board Says Bars Must Stop Serving at 11 p.m. Until December
The Alabama Beverage Control Board dealt another blow to the state's bars Monday morning with a vote that will force establishments to stop selling alcohol at 11 p.m. every night in an effort to better combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The Monday morning vote mandates that all bars, restaurants and country clubs must give a last call and stop selling alcohol by 11 p.m. each night and that all alcohol in those establishments must be consumed by 11:30.
Tuscaloosa bars were previously allowed to sell alcohol until 2 a.m. most nights, 3 a.m. on Friday night and 9:30 p.m. on Sundays.
It was not immediately clear when the new mandate will go into effect, but the Alabama Beverage Licensee Association Tweeted that the new rules will likely kick off on August 1st.
The ruling is set to expire in 120 days, which would limit serving hours until the first of December.
All bars in the state were ordered closed in March and allowed to reopen in early May with new capacity and social distancing requirements in place.