COVID-19 RESOURCES AND UPDATES
The three-tier system that was created post-prohibition was done so in large part to protect the public by providing important checks and balances. As such, our association values were founded with this as a guiding principle.
The health and safety of all Montanans – whether our employees, partners, customers, contacts, family or friends – has always been a top priority for our association and each of our independent, family-owned distributor businesses.
We are taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. Our members have implemented best practices to maintain the highest level of cleanliness while working hard to ensure shelves are as stocked as possible with beverages across the state. It is our hope that our beer and wine brands provide some normalcy and relaxation during this unprecedented and uncertain time. Beyond that, many of our members deliver several non-alcoholic products such as caffeinated beverages, kombucha, sodas, juices, and water to hundreds of locations in Montana. We are both proud and grateful to be an organization of essential businesses that can continue to provide our communities with these much-needed supplies.
We have included the following information to offer guidance and updates surrounding COVID-19 and its effects on our industry. Please contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Alcohol Industry Information and Resources
- Updated MT DOR Phase I Guidelines for Alcoholic Beverage Licensees and Agency Liquor Stores – April 30, 2020
- MT DOR Phase I Guidelines for Alcoholic Beverage Licensees and Agency Liquor Stores – April 28, 2020
- MT DOR Guidance on Governor’s Directive – March 20, 2020
- MT Governor’s Directive on Bars and Restaurants – March 20, 2020
- MT DOR Announcement allowing the return of products purchased for events canceled due to COVID-19 – March 17, 2020
- MT DOR ABCD/Gambling Control Division- Alcohol Beverage Control Process Modifications Due to COVID-19 – Includes information on fingerprint cards, financing guidelines, and personnel changes.
- Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce March 19, 2020
- Montana DOR COVID page
- Brewer’s Association Request to Congress for Out of Code Beer – March 19, 2020
- National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Info & Resources
NBWA Breakroom Posters
- FMCSA COVID-19 Drug & Alcohol Testing Guidance – Provides information and guidance relating to how to handle random testing when some tests are unable to be completed, along with other matters.
- DOT Guidance on Compliance with DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations – Information on the guidance on compliance with DOT drug & alcohol testing during the COVID-19 National Emergency
- Enforcement Notice on Expiring CDLs– This Notice of Enforcement Policy, effective from March 24, 2020 to June 30, 2020, provides needed relief from specified FMCSRs for CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers and motor carriers using those drivers. This Notice of Enforcement Policy applies to all CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers whose license was issued for less than the maximum period established by 49 CFR 383.25 and 383.73 and was valid on February 29, 2020 and expired on or after March 1, 2020.
- Waiver for States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles – The waiver is effective until June 30, 2020 and provides important relief resulting from situations where many CDL and CLP holders are unable to renew their CDLs and CLPs and are unable to provide medical certificates to their State Driver Licensing Agencies. In addition, many medical providers nationwide have canceled regularly scheduled appointments to dedicate resources to the COVID-19 response. As a result, drivers are unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners.
- Governor Bullock’s Directive re COVID-19 – March 15, 2020
- FMCSA Emergency Declaration
- FMCSA FAQ’s on Emergency Declaration
- March 13, 2020 (Original Release) – US Department of Transportation Issues National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak
- March 18, 2020 (clarification of first release) – US Department of Transportation Expands National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Montana DOJ – March 17, 2020 – Motor Vehicle Division Announces Changes in Response to COVID-19
Workplace Information and Resources
- Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Safety and Health Bureau Consultation Program. There are no fees charged for the consultation nor are fines or penalties levied for any safety or health hazards observed during the consultation. The consultation may include:
Workplace hazard assessments
Employee sampling to determine workplace exposures
Recommendations to control and eliminate safety & health hazards
Assistance with OSHA regulations compliance
Evaluation & development of safety & health programs
Safety & Health Management System evaluation Safety & health training provided at SafetyFestMT
Education on the Montana Safety Culture Act requirements
Safety brochures and materials.
- CDC Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 – Updated July 20, 2020
- Montana Department of Labor and Industry – Resource Guide for Montana Employers and Employees
- Montana Unemployment Insurance Emergency Rules
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 – Provides infection prevention information specifically for employers and workers.
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Covid-19 – Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help employers respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace.
- Temporary OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection Standard – This guidance provides suggestions and options to help increase the availability of N95 filtering facepiece respirators for healthcare providers.
- CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers
General Information and Resources
- Montana Demographic Information on Confirmed Cases
- COVID-19 Task Force at the White House – Latest official information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House.
- Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force – Latest information from the Montana Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force.
- Montana Situation Update
- Montana Department of Health and Human Services – Latest information from Montana DPHHS.
- State of Montana Newsroom – Latest news and announcements from Montana.gov
- CDC COVID-19 Self Checker
- CDC COVID-19 Website
- What is the Coronavirus
- Symptoms of the Coronavirus
- Stop the Spread of Germs
- EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19
World Health Organization
- Cleaning vs. Sanitizing Poster
- Prepare Your Supply Chain for Coronavirus
- U.S. State Department
- U.S. Travel Association
- CDC- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19