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Ohio announces liquor buyback program to support bars and restaurants Staff




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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants during the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.

“This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday,” DeWine said in a tweet.

Under the program, the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control will allow a bar or restaurant to return unopened high proof liquor products purchased within the past 30 days as a way to provide economic assistance to owners of bars and restaurants, which have been ordered to close by DeWine except for carryout and delivery, during the pandemic.

The courtesy also extends to those who may have obtained a temporary permit for an event, scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020, and that event is now cancelled. Additional consideration will be given closer to April 6 if needed.

All a bar or restaurant owner or permit holder needs to do is bring the unopened high proof liquor product back to the Contract Liquor Agency they purchased the product. The agency will call the Liquor Enterprise Service Center for approval. Approval is immediate, but awareness of the return is necessary, according to a statement from the Ohio Department of Commerce.

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