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Flexibility in Alcohol Licensing Provides Venues with More Opportunity

Kathie Durbin

COVID-19 has proven to be yet another obstacle for venues to overcome. One of the biggest challenges is creating public health guidelines to keep patrons safe while also balancing a venue’s viability. Outdoor consumption of alcohol is now the norm. With proper training and education, there is opportunity to diversify activities that include responsible alcohol beverage consumption. This leaves us wondering: will nightlife shift to a more active “daylife” setting?

Kathie Durbin


Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services

Kathie Durbin is the Director of Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services. She manages alcohol licensing, policy, education, legislative initiatives and business compliance. A long-time board member of the Responsible Hospitality Institute, Kathie is considered an expert in the field of alcohol regulation, education and policy.