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Enforcing Executive Orders: Sting Operations Weighted with Expanded Purpose

Even in the age of COVID-19 government-backed stings occur. Not only is law enforcement focused on upholding the lawful sale of age-sensitive products, such as alcohol and tobacco, but compliance with COVID-19 executive orders, as well. The cost for violations? Thousands of dollars in fines and possible suspension of liquor licenses. At The BARS Program, we ve rounded up a few COVID-related sting operations making headlines. In late July, New York officials completed 1,966 compliance... Read More

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Checking Out: How Alcohol Purchases Intervene with Automated Processes

Self-service check-out lanes at grocery and some convenience stores can make all the difference, especially for the most self-sufficient shopper. But what happens when a customer wants to purchase age-restricted products, including alcohol and tobacco, at the self-checkout? According to an article by The Washington Post , purchases such as these trigger intervention from store employees to confirm age and ID of purchaser, and delay sufficiency of self-service lanes as clerks must enter details into... Read More

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Masked Capers: Underage Buyers Exploiting the Pandemic

With changing regulations, and curbside pick-up and delivery options available for retailers and restaurants during changing times of concern and safety precautions, a new trend is popping up with masks. Underage buyers of alcohol and other age-restricted products are taking advantage of covering their age and identity with masks on their faces. It s even gone viral; some teenagers are dressing up as elderly patrons and buying whatever age-restricted product an unknowing retailer will let... Read More

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Pop-up Food Markets, Cocktails to-go: Recipes for Mounting Competition

CSP Daily News reported last month convenience store sales of alcohol are up from one year ago as consumers purchase more wine, beer and spirits amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the charts aren t set in stone as restaurants in more than 30 states now sell cocktails to-go. 1 Many of these same restaurants have also morphed into pop-up food markets selling packaged foods, fresh produce and other household supplies to help maintain cash flow... Read More

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Popping the Lid on the Future of Restaurant Industry

A bill currently circulating approval in Michigan could restaurants there to serve cocktails to-go for delivery to homes with food orders. 1 Similar legislation was previously approved in New York, Pennsylvania and in more than 30 other states, as reported by Imbibe Magazine , a publication sharing details on beverages of all kinds. Several of these states are considering extension and/or permanence of the provision to help the struggling restaurant industry overcome financial hardships as... Read More

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Outdoor Expansion of Restaurants and Bars Carries Added Weight for Owners, Staff

With the official start to summer a mere week away, cities and counties across the country are grappling with how to safely reopen many popular cornerstones of modern life, including restaurants and bars, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A common theme popping up is patio-only service. Al Fresco dining and drinking takes logical advantage of seasonal temperatures and extended hours of sunshine; while other solutions intended to limit exposure to the pandemic call for occupancy caps,... Read More

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Temporary Liquor Laws See Prolonged Existence Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

States may have begun to ease Shelter-in-Place orders, but there are few signals that temporary liquor laws are anywhere close to fading. Passed in March and April, amendments to state liquor laws were established to encourage sales and keep establishments open without in-store and on-premise customers and dinners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, The BARS Program reported on liquor law amendments allowing alcohol to be delivered alongside food delivery in California, with similar practices... Read More

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Experience Proficiency with The BARS Program Partnerships and Compliance Platforms

Streamline your on-boarding processes for new employees, advance a manager s role and responsibilities, or retain/refresh an employee s knowledge with the help of two nationally recognized compliance and reinforcement companies. At The BARS Program, we re honored to share with you the platforms of our trusted partners, We Card and TiPS. We Card specializes in educational platforms for tobacco retail outlets. With three award-winning training courses offered for employees, managers and retraining, participants receive... Read More

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