In this era of COVID-19, hospitality business owners are dealing with more government regulations, compliance requirements, and mandates than ever before. Simply keeping the doors open has depended on scrupulous attention to detail regarding changes to rules and regulations of TABC and industry health guidelines. However tedious the process, it has been necessary. Many bars and restaurants have seen the benefit of their own thoroughness and flexibility in their response to the guidelines and regulations.

Abiding by TABC regulations can be challenging during times of transition, but how can you make sure you are adhering to state and local liquor laws when your place of business is in flux? You certainly do not want to jeopardize your TABC permit. Closely monitoring updates to TABC guidelines and regulations are imperative.

TABC Response

TABC recognizes the major impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on the alcoholic beverage industry. The association has adjusted requirements to support bars and restaurants during these challenging times.

  1. To help the industry, the TABC has addressed answers to many questions commonly asked by owners and operators in Texas. The organization provides continuous updates to reflect changes and connects to further guidance as it announced.
  2. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission approved emergency amendments to TABC Rules that immediately:
    • Enabled retailers who sell alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption to more easily qualify for a Food and Beverage (FB) Certificate.
    • Removed some of the more difficult and costly requirements to qualify for the FB Certificate so that these businesses do not need to make major changes to their business models or invest in expensive equipment.


In response to these changing TABC regulations, LaBarba has assisted several clients to apply for a Food and Beverage Certificate in order to qualify and operate as a restaurant and be open during this era of COVID-19. We understand the uncertainties facing our clients during the wake of this coronavirus and have 50 years’ experience to help our clients with the process of opening or reopening an establishment or applying or renewing a liquor license, Learn more about our services [link to services page] to see how we can assist your business with the various challenges you are facing today.

Please visit the TABC website for more information concerning COVID-19 regulations, and refer to the Texas Department of State Health Services' Coronavirus webpage for the latest information and guidance from state health officials.