Due to the hardships on liquor licenses holders and all other current licensees as a result of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, all licenses are extended until October 31, 2020. Unless otherwise directed, all license holders will be required to renew licenses no later than October 31, 2020. Late fees will not be assessed for license holders as long as the license is renewed on or before October 31, 2020. Please note that this letter serves as written authorization of the local liquor control commission to extend the local license expiration date, which may be required as proof to renew state liquor licenses.

Additionally, the Local Liquor Commissioner is authorizing Class A on-premise only licenses in the City of Pekin to sell and deliver “to go” mixed drinks/cocktails for off-premises consumption strictly under the following conditions:

1. A mixed drink/cocktail is any alcoholic liquor (beer, wine, spirits) mixed with a non-alcoholic beverage such as
     “fruit juice, lemonade, cream, or a carbonated beverage.”

2. The mixed drink/cocktail container shall be:
     a. New/unused and rigid. A rigid container includes glass, metal, or ceramic material. A rigid container does not include plastic, paper, or Styrofoam;
     b. Sealed with a secure cap or lid that is tamper-proof or tamper-evident (includes wax-dip seals and heat shrink wrap covers). The lid shall not have sipping holes or holes
         designed for straws.
     c. Filled and sealed by the retailer’s employee;
     d. Labeled in the following manner:
          i. The name of the mixed drink/cocktail ingredients, type, and name of the alcohol;
          ii. The name, license number, and address of the retail licensee that filled the container and sold the product;
          iii. The volume of the mixed drink/cocktail in the container; and
          iv. The date the container was sealed. The sealed container must be filled less than 7 days before the date of sale.

3. The mixed drink/cocktail may be transferred to the consumer in the following manner:
     a. Inside the licensed business over the counter; or
     b. Curbside delivery by a retailer employee; or
     c. Home delivery by a retailer employee.

4. The mixed drink/cocktail shall not be transferred to the consumer:
     a. By way of drive-through service; or
     b. Home delivery by a third-party delivery company. Delivery by third party delivery companies is not permitted.

5. The retailer employee transferring the mixed drink/cocktail shall:
     a. Hold a valid server training certificate by a certified Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) trainer;
     b. Be 21 years of age or older;
     c. Comply with any requirements of the Governor’s executive orders declaring a disaster, including, but not limited to, wearing gloves and a mask and maintaining distancing
         requirements when interacting with the public.
     d. Verify the age to whom the mixed drink/cocktail is delivered (if the employee delivering the cocktail is not able to safely verify a person's age and level of intoxication upon
         delivery, the employee shall cancel the sale of alcohol and return the product to the retail license holder)
     e. For curbside or home deliveries, place the sealed container in the vehicle trunk or (if no trunk) other vehicle compartment not readily accessible to the passenger area.

6. Mixed drink/cocktail delivery is limited to holders of State of Illinois retailer liquor licenses (“1A Licenses”) and City of Pekin liquor licenses (“Class A”).

7. The authority to sell mixed drinks/cocktails to go (under the conditions set forth herein) shall continue for so long as it is permitted by the Liquor Control Act, unless sooner terminated by the Mayor or City Council.

Lastly, to continue to help alleviate some of the challenges facing bars and restaurants, all eating and drinking establishments that incurred less than $75,000 in sales tax liabilities last year can have their June, July, August, September and October sales taxes deferred and due in four installments starting on October 20, 2020 and extending through January 20, 2021. Bars and restaurants will not be charged penalties or interest on these payments when due. However, qualified taxpayers must still file their Food and Beverage Tax Return even if they are unable to make a payment.


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