City of Albuquerque
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File #: R-20-54   
Type: Resolution Status: In Council - Consent Agenda
File created: 5/18/2020 In control: City Council
Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Urging The New Mexico Department Of Regulation And Licensing To Provide A Method For Temporary Expansion Of Liquor Service Areas For Restaurants And Bars; Establishing Policy For The City To Similarly Authorize Such Expansions Through Its Local Option Authority (Bassan)
Attachments: 1. R-54
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY FOURTH COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. R-20-54 ENACTMENT NO. ________________________

SPONSORED BY: Brook Bassan


RESOLUTION
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Urging The New Mexico Department Of Regulation And Licensing To Provide A Method For Temporary Expansion Of Liquor Service Areas For Restaurants And Bars; Establishing Policy For The City To Similarly Authorize Such Expansions Through Its Local Option Authority (Bassan)
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WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued Executive Order 2020-004, Declaring a Public Health Emergency in New Mexico relating to the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, in subsequent weeks the New Mexico Department of Health has issued orders limiting public gatherings and requiring non-essential businesses to close or limit business activity; and
WHEREAS, unfortunately, local businesses, including restaurants local breweries, pubs, and bars, together with retail and service employees in the City, have been severely impacted by the public health emergency; and
WHEREAS, after several weeks of mandatory closures, it appears that the state of emergency has improved at least enough to contemplate the re-opening of restaurants and other liquor serving establishments within the foreseeable future at limited capacity and with greater physical distancing and other safeguards in place; and
WHEREAS, the profit margin within restaurants and other liquor-serving establishments with onsite consumption can often be very narrow, and liquor service is an important component to the success of these businesses; and
WHEREAS, restaurants and similar service-oriented businesses may need to expand their floorplans, perhaps into parking lots and other outdoor areas, in order to offer enough seating space to patrons to stay in business, and to otherwise allow outdoor service; and
WHEREAS, a restaurant or similar licensed liquor establishment can serve alcohol for onsite consumption only wit...

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