Henderson Mayor Steven Austin has signed an Executive Order that provides a 12-month alcoholic beverage fee waiver for restaurants and bars that serve alcohol.
The waiver program will run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2021, and will be available for renewals to current licensees that hold specific licenses listed on the state Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) waiver and that do not have delinquent city accounts.
Licensees who already paid fees in 2020 will not pay in 2021.
“The City of Henderson recognizes the local impact on these businesses created by state and federal recommendations for social distancing, periodic closures of bars and restaurants, and self-quarantining, all in an effort to prevent the spread of this devastating virus and curb the pandemic,” Mayor Austin said.
He added that it is hoped the fee waiver will help prevent “any additional financial strain on these businesses” during these difficult times. “It is a way the city can show support for those who have been asked to do a lot in 2020,” Austin said.
With ongoing restrictions affecting the profits of bars and restaurants around the Bluegrass State, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear in November also waived state alcoholic beverage fees in an attempt to provide economic relief to facilities that have had to close or reduce capacity due to the pandemic.
Some of the local licensees that qualify include: restaurants, bars, hotel restaurants/bars, private clubs, bed and breakfasts, small farm wineries, breweries, microbreweries, caterers, racetracks, state parks, special Sunday retail drink license, supplemental bar license, and others.