Texas Threatens To Revoke Liquor Licenses For Bars And Restaurants If They Dare Require Proof Of Vaccination

The Austin Statesman reports:

Two days after announcing a new policy that required indoor diners to provide proof of at least one round of COVID-19 vaccination, sister restaurants Launderette and Fresa’s changed their policy after receiving a phone call and letter from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission alerting them that they were in violation of Section 14 of Senate Bill 968.

“Yesterday we received a courtesy call from the TABC saying that we must immediately act in compliance with the law and that if we did not, a case would be opened and we would be at threat of losing our state licenses,” Launderette owners told the Statesman on Thursday.

The bill passed this summer prohibits businesses from requiring customers to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. TABC posted Wednesday on its website that the state agency may require compliance with this law as a condition of holding a license, permit, certificate, or other authorization.

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