The purpose of this OLCC page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis.
Check out the myth-busting section below to separate fact from fiction.
MYTH: I can have an alcoholic beverage at a restaurant or bar while waiting for my takeout order.
FACT: Executive Order 20-07 (extended by 20-14) prohibits on-premises consumption of food and beverage. This includes no service or consumption of alcohol on a licensed premises while waiting for a food or beverage takeout order.
MYTH: Oregon liquor stores are closed.
FACT: OLCC Liquor Stores are open, however staffing level challenges have forced stores to alter their operating hours. Please call ahead to your local store to find out about any alterations to their operations. To locate stores near you go to: www.oregonliquorsearch.com and click on the “Locations" tab.
MYTH: Oregon is running out of alcohol.
FACT: While sales have increased in recent weeks, Oregon is not running low on distilled spirits.
MYTH: OLCC is restricting the amount of marijuana for purchase.
FACT: Purchase limits have not changed for recreational marijuana. OMMP cardholders can now purchase 24 ounces per day. This change temporarily increases the daily purchase limit for OMMP cardholders to match their personal possession limit. This rule does not change the total monthly amount a cardholder or caregiver is currently permitted to purchase from an OLCC-licensed retailer.
MYTH: OLCC is prohibiting Budtenders from wearing protective masks.
FACT: It is okay to wear a face mask while working. Here is more information from OHA about wearing and making face masks.
MYTH: Drinking alcohol will kill the Coronavirus.
FACT: Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19. Excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of health problems, so please drink responsibly.
Report a Rumor
If you hear rumors in the community that you believe should be corrected or would like verification of facts, please contact the OLCC Communications Division at: firstname.lastname@example.org.