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Tennessee Extends Alcohol Carryout and Delivery August 29
Waller, June 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has extended the executive order allowing drive-through, carryout and delivery of beer, wine and spirits for restaurants. Read Executive Order 50 here. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can continue to sell carryout and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver...

Bending COVID-19 Rules until they Break
Waller, June 2020

We are seeing significant upticks in state responses to violations of COVID-19 safety orders. Hours ago (June 26), Florida suspended all sales of alcohol at bars. The state broke the news via Twitter. Florida Gov...

US Trademark Office Waives/Refunds Fees for Reviving Applications and Registrations Abandoned Due to COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on countless businesses around the United States, including breweries. During this time, its understandable many businesses have allowed their trademark deadlines to pass without action due to lack of funds. In light of these hardships, the US Trademark Office has announced that if a business allowed a deadline to pass due to COVID-19, it will waive/refund any fees to Petition to Revive the abandoned application or registration...

Will Metro Nashville Beer Board Enforce Health Violations for COVID?
Waller, June 2020

Folks are all abuzz about the June 18, 2020 “Emergency Meeting” of the Metro Nashville Beer Board. The Beer Board has cited the following: Moxy Downtown Kid Rock’s Broadway Brewhouse Downtown Nudie’s Click for a copy of the notice of the meeting...

Fast-Changing Whisky Industry Can Keep Lifting Spirits in Scotland's Economy
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, June 2020

Hand sanitiser production is just one aspect of business that's altered for £5bn industry, writes George Frier of Shepherd and Wedderburn The whisky industry continues to captivate consumers and entrepreneurs. Record exports continue and, within the sector, the emergence of new brands and the rejuvenation of existing brands demonstrate a vibrant sub-set of the Scottish food & drink economy...

FDA Announces Updates to Guidance on Conducting Clinical Trials During COVID-19 and Notes Availability of its COVID MyStudies App
Verrill, June 2020

On June 3, 2020, the US Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) again updated its guidance on the “Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency”. The update contains new information on the use of electronic signatures on clinical trial records and a reference to FDA’s COVID MyStudies App as an option for obtaining electronic informed consent. (See guidance here...

Cancelled Events: Ticket Refunds?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2020

In the past months, many events including concerts, sports competitions, festivals, plays and musicals, have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the related measures taken by the Belgian government. Although the latest government announcements indicate that some events will be allowed again as of 1st July 2020, other cancellation or postponement decisions could happen in the coming weeks...

Lex Voucher for Culture - An Alternative to Refunds for Cancelled Cultural Events
Kocian Solc Balastik, June 2020

On 19 May 2020, an Act On certain measures to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus epidemic known as SARS CoV-2 on cultural events (Act No 247/2020 Coll, the “Act” ), entered into force. Not only for the field of tourism, but also for the field of culture, the possibility of the organizer to issue a voucher for a cultural event instead of refunding the entrance ticket fee was introduced...

Virginia Issues Executive Order Regarding Face Masks During COVID-19
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Effective at noon today, May 29, 2020, Virginia Governor Northam's Executive Order 63 went into effect, requiring face coverings to be worn in certain circumstances. Specifically, a face covering is required for individuals aged ten and older when "entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside" the following categories of businesses:   All retail. Food and beverage, but only when reopened for indoor dining. Personal care/grooming - i.e...

Myanmar Legal Update: Myanmar Lifts Restriction on Importation of Foreign Alcohol
DFDL, May 2020

In order to curb illegal importation, facilitate the sale and consumption of quality products in fulfilment of market demand and accurately assess and collect tax by the State, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOC”) issued Notification no. 38/2020 (“Notification-38”) on 25 May 2020 to remove foreign alcoholic spirits from the import restriction list. Although Notification-38 removes foreign alcoholic spirits from the list beer remains restricted...

COVID-19 Restructuring Event Businesses to Survive and Thrive
MinterEllison, May 2020

Can the shuttered events industry restructure to not just survive but thrive? While many organisations are facing an urgent need to restructure to survive the COVID-19 led financial crisis, those most acutely affected are in the major event, hospitality, tourism, festival and sporting businesses. Social isolation and the severe curtailment of most travel has effectively shut down many of these industries...

Covid-19: Decree Law No. 33 of 16 May 2020 and PMD of 17 May 2020
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, May 2020

After the start of Phase 2 (which began on 4 May 2020) the Italian government adopted on 16 May Law Decree no. 33 concerning, inter alia, "Further urgent measures to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak" (the "DL 16 May 2020"). Moreover, on 17 May 2020, in implementation of the aforementioned DL 16 May 2020, the Prime Minister issued a new decree with specific implementing provisions (the "PMD 17 May 2020")...

USPTO Further Extends Certain Deadlines in Response to COVID-19
Waller, May 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a news brief in connection with a further extension of the relief provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The USPTO has offered patent and trademark applicants and owners an additional thirty (30) days in which to file certain documents and pay certain fees, extending the deadline set by the original notices to June 1st...

COVID-19 Outbreak: Aid Measures in the Cultural Sector
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, May 2020

To limit the spread of Covid-19, all indoor and outdoor private and public cultural, festive, recreational, leisure and sport activities /events are prohibited until at least 10 May 2020 (included). Sport activities without physical contact and with a maximum of three persons are already allowed from 4 May 2020. Museums might be allowed to re-open from 18 May 2020 under strict conditions...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Media and Entertainment Industry Transactions
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

As recently reported in the Los Angeles Times, the media and entertainment industry has been significantly impacted by the new normal presented as a result of COVID-19.1 Production studios, live theaters, cinemas, concert venues, and other media and entertainment companies are considering all of the ramifications of reopening business operations. The industry must also address long-term implications of COVID-19 for business growth through new business models and processes...

Coronavirus: Measures for the Tourism Sector
PLMJ, May 2020

A state of emergency was declared in Portugal by Decree of the President of the Republic 14-A/2020 of 18 March and this was renewed by Decree of the President of the Republic 20-A/2020 of 17 April. Following this declaration, exceptional and temporary measures have been adopted in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic...

Tennessee Restaurants Reopening: What Can We Do Besides Eat
Waller, May 2020

Restaurants and other establishments that serve a menu of food were allowed to open in Tennessee beginning April 27. Memphis and Nashville remain closed. We have been fielding questions about what else customers are allowed to do besides eat, including playing cornhole or ping-pong or being entertained by a live comedian...

"The Show Must Go On": Protection Against Creditors during the COVID-19 Crisis
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, May 2020

Queen’s song was clearly not about COVID 19 but the message remains the same: even if the music industry is struggling, the show must go on! It is undeniable that, with the lockdown measures and other restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to fight against COVID-19, many companies have to deal with revenue loss while keeping high level of costs. This is particularly true for the cultural sector and the music industry with the cancellation of so many events...

Beer, Wine & Spirits Quarterly
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

    WHAT'S NEW COVID-19 Business Strategies Hub   Since the news first broke about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy, Dinsmore has worked diligently to create the COVID-19 Business Strategies Hub. The Hub features attorney insights and complementary webinars to help you prepare and respond to legal, regulatory, and commercial implications related to the crisis...

COVID-19: Prime Minister Decree dated 26 April 2020 - The Start of Phase 2
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, April 2020

As the contagion rate and death toll caused by the Covid-19 emergency (“Covid-19”) continues to decrease, on 26 April 2020 the Prime Minister announced in a press conference the measures adopted to ease the lockdown during the so-called “phase 2”. The new measures are reflected in the Prime Minister Decree dated 26 April 20201 (the “26 April 2020 Decree”)...

Voucher Instead of Refund: Federal Government Adopts Draft Bill for an Amendment in Event Contract Law
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

On April 8, 2020, the federal government adopted draft wording presented by the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection for a draft bill to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in event contract law in order to protect organizers of recreational events and operators of recreational facilities from considerable outflows of liquidity...

Tennessee Pledge to Reopen Restaurants
Waller, April 2020

The Governor’s Economic Recovery Group issued Tennessee Pledge, "a plan to help Tennesseans return to work in a safe environment, restore their livelihoods and reboot our state’s economy." Restaurants are expected to follow the guidelines in the pledge. The pledge is mandatory for limited service restaurants, as specified in Executive Order 30. Here is a copy of the Tennessee Pledge Guidelines for Restaurants This is our summary of the guidelines for re-opening: 1...

Tennessee Extends Alcohol Carryout and Delivery through May 29
Waller, April 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee extended the executive order allowing drive-through, carryout and delivery of beer, wine and spirits for restaurants. Read Executive Order 30 here. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can continue to sell carryout and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver. We urge folks to keep hustling during these difficult times and checkLast Callfor updates...

TTB Rolls Out New Rules for Distilleries, Wineries and Breweries
Waller, April 2020

The Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, fondly known as TTB, issued final rules that contain a few game-changers for the alcoholic beverage manufacturing industry. We are particularly fond of the greater flexibility offered to distilleries. Distilleries can now count the years bourbon or whisky are aged in used barrels. Previously, a whisky or bourbon could only list the number of years aged in new oak barrels...

Gov. Lee Leaves Tennessee Delivery and Curbside Alcohol in Limbo
Waller, April 2020

With Governor Lee’s order allowing curbside and delivery of alcohol set to expire at midnight April 30, we were expecting to see an extension of these privileges in connection with new guidelines for re-opening restaurants. We have the guidelines, but no mention of alcohol delivery and curbside service. The governor could still extend these privileges, but so far, he has not. Governor Lee said the state is releasing additional guidelines next week...

 

 

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