Evidence shows that the most effective way to flatten the curve of COVID-19 is through social distancing – limiting the amount of contact with other people. As of 9am this morning (Monday, March 16, 2020) New Mexico has put in place the following public health order: all restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries and other food establishments shall operate at no greater than 50 percent of maximum occupancy and no greater than 50 percent of seating capacity. In addition, tables and booths may not seat more than six people, and all occupied tables and booths must be separated by at least six feet. Patrons may not be seated at bars, and standing patrons will not be served.
We at Santa Fe Spirits spoke at length this morning to determine our best course of action, and the following is our plan for the immediate future, though it may change at any time.
Our distillery tasting room will be closed until further notice: this includes cancellation of all tours and events.
We have decided to keep our Read Street tasting room open for the time being, with the limited hours of 3-8pm. This decision to remain open was not made lightly, but we feel that there are people in our community who may need a place to go to relieve some of their anxiety. We will be strictly adhering to all the regulations above, which means an occupancy of no more than 23 people. We are not requiring any of our staff to work if they are at all uncomfortable.
For those of you who wish to enjoy your spirits at home, we are offering a 20% discount on all Santa Fe Spirits bottle sales. If you wish to purchase a gift card for future use, we are offering a 10% discount on gift cards.
For our Harvest Host guests we realize that many of you are caught on the road, or are choosing to travel by RV to lessen contact with people in airports, trains, etc. We do have room for you overnight though we may not be here to greet you.
We have received many phone calls, emails and social media posts about distilleries helping their communities by donating high proof alcohol or creating hand sanitizer from their high proof alcohol. We are looking at what is required to do this legally: hand sanitizers are regulated by the FDA, and we are also governed by the TTB in regard to accounting for all alcohol use.
At this time, we feel the above measures are in the best interest of our employees and our community, however, things are changing daily as we get more information about COVID-19.