Liquor Service Changes in Response to COVID-19

Phase 4 of “Restore Illinois” Plan Sees Return of Indoor Service

  • On June 26, 2020, all regions of the state moved into Phase 4 (Revitalization) of the “Restore Illinois” plan. This phase allows for limited indoor service among liquor licensees with on-premises Liquor Licenses, provided that appropriate social distancing requirements are met. To view the specific requirements of the State of Illinois, click here.

“To-Go” Service of Premixed Cocktails

  • On June 2, 2020, Illinois State Law was amended to allow for the carryout and delivery of pre-mixed alcoholic beverages for a period of one year. On June 3, 2020, Mayor Feinen signed Emergency Order 20-19, allowing for the sale of pre-mixed cocktails for the duration of the COVID-19 Emergency. Please view this flyer for important information from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission on the sale and service of pre-mixed “to-go” cocktails. Read more…

Outdoor Service of Liquor

  • On May 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced that bars and restaurants would be able to open for outdoor seating during phase three of the state’s reopening plan, which started in Champaign on May 29. In response, the City developed a three-pronged plan to support the many local establishments looking forward to providing outdoor dining options for customers starting May 29. Read more…

Curbside Pickup of Liquor

  • On March 17, 2020, in response to the Governor’s executive order restricting on-premise consumption of food and beverage, Mayor Feinen executed two emergency orders. First, to allow for temporary curbside pickup zones in downtown Champaign to help continue food and beverage services. Next, to allow qualified bars and restaurants to deliver packaged alcohol. Read More…

Role of the Liquor Commissioner

The Mayor serves as the City’s Liquor Commissioner and oversees the enforcement of the Liquor Code and Liquor Commissioner rules.

The Liquor Commissioner:

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for all liquor license-related matters
  • Plays a major role in proposing changes to the liquor provisions in the City Code
  • Develops the Liquor Commissioner’s Rules
  • Makes suggestions relative to enforcement policies
  • Holds liquor licensees accountable for following City liquor ordinance

The Liquor Commissioner does not determine prosecution of individual criminal violations or manage details of liquor enforcement.

Deputy Liquor Commissioner

The Deputy Liquor Commissioner is appointed by the Mayor, and assists with the responsibilities listed above. The Deputy Liquor Commissioner works with the City’s Police Department, Legal Department, and the Mayor’s Office to coordinate implementation of the Liquor Code.