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Fall River Licensing Board approves 25% refund of the 2021 liquor license fees

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The Fall River Licensing Board unanimously approved a 25% refund of the 2021 liquor license fees at a special meeting Friday afternoon.

Mayor Paul Coogan, in conjunction with the City Council, had forwarded the request to the Fall River Licensing Board for their consideration.

The refunds impact restaurants, private clubs and breweries, which have been financially burdened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 25% discount reflects the quarter of the 2020 year when bars, restaurants and clubs were closed due to state COVID-19 regulations.

“Our business owners have dealt with uncertainty and tremendous challenges since the pandemic started,” said Mayor Paul Coogan. “But small businesses are the backbone of our community. As federal and state stimulus and Covid-19 guidance change, we are constantly
keeping an eye on what aid will be coming to restaurants while exploring ways we can help entrepreneurs stay afloat.”

The following liquor license fees will be eligible for the 25% rebate:
– All Alcohol Common Victualler Restaurant
– Beer & Wine Common Victualler Restaurant
– All Alcohol Common Victualler, Club
– All Alcohol Common Victualler Vets, Club
– Farmer Brewer Licenses
– Seasonal All Alcohol

In the meeting, late licenses were also approved for establishments in 2021.

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