What are we doing?
The Maryland Distillers Guild is committed to the health and safety of each of our members, partners, supporters, and event attendees. Any determination regarding the cancellation or postponement of our future events will be guided by the input and expertise of federal, state, county, and local health professionals and administrations. Any changes to the event schedule will be communicated via our website and social media channels.
Members of the Maryland Distillers Guild have individual response policies in their distilleries and tasting rooms. Check with individual distilleries for updates to their daily schedules, event activities, and product availability.
What can you do?
Current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are to:
- Remain vigilant with handwashing and to wash hands often:
- Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you’re sick:
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover coughs and sneezes:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Public response to COVID-19 will have a large impact on small, local businesses throughout Maryland. Consider supporting Maryland businesses as you make preparations.
How can you support Maryland distilleries?
While tasting rooms at Maryland distilleries are closed for on-premise service, distilleries are able to sell spirits for consumers to take for consumption off-premise. Many distilleries are offering “curbside” pickup options, mitigating interactions in closed spaces. During this time, we ask that you support Maryland distilleries and their staff by doing the following:
- Check if the hours at your local distillery tasting room have been altered by the state’s COVID-19 guidelines.
- Find out if your local distillery is offering a curbside pickup option – UPDATED INFORMATION HERE
- If your local retailer is open for business, ask them to stock your favorite Maryland spirits.
The Maryland Distillers Guild and our members appreciate your ongoing commitment to supporting Maryland spirits. Please check with individual distilleries to learn about their responses to COVID-19.
The Maryland Distillers Guild