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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Woodridge Amends Liquor Licenses for Restaurants; Extends Business Licenses for 90 Days

 A Message From Mayor Gina Cunningham

Dear Neighbors,

In the recent State of the Village address, I described that a key component of the Village Board’s vision for 2020 is to support our business community through a changing economy. A changing economy is truer now more than ever. Woodridge is a business-friendly community, and businesses need our support through these trying times that have now been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Using Emergency Executive Authority, the Village Trustees and I have decided to enact the following Village Code amendment and license extensions effective immediately:
  1. Issue a temporary amendment to the Village Liquor Code allowing restaurants (with A-1 and A-3 licenses) to sell packaged beer and wine for off-premise consumption with to-go food orders.

    PURPOSE: These restaurant establishments are now allowed to sell packaged wine and/or beer only in conjunction with a food order for curbside pick-up or carryout. This temporary amendment would remain in place until the State of Illinois cancels the dine-in prohibition for restaurants and bars.

  2. Extend all business, liquor, and video gaming licenses for 90-days effective immediately.

    PURPOSE: This would provide Woodridge businesses – particularly our restaurants and bar/pub owners – a grace period in which they would not have to worry about the license re-application process. More importantly, these businesses would not have to pay the Village any license renewal fees and/or late fees during this 90-day extension.
The Village Trustees and I will reassess the situation in 90-days, and possibly consider additional extensions. The Village Board and I encourage all of our residents to patronize our local restaurants and pubs – they need our help right now as a community.

Thank you and Best Regards,
Mayor Gina Cunningham
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