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Yes, Utah liquor stores will remain open during any lockdown, shelter in place order

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FILE- In this June 30, 2017, file photo, a worker at a state liquor store changes prices on wine, liquor and beer in Salt Lake City. In Mormon dominated Utah where alcohol is frowned upon, liquor sales keep climbing each year. The two-decade rise is likely fueled by a steady influx of new out-of-state residents drawn for jobs and a thriving tourism sector driven by snow-capped mountains and red-rock national parks. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

One of the most-asked questions coming into the KUTV newsroom is: "Will Utah liquor stores stay open if there is a lockdown?"

The answer is "yes," but on a "limited basis."

That's because Utah liquor stores fall under the "exempt" category, meaning liquor stores are essential businesses.

Terry Wood with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) says:

Consistent with the county’s order and at the direction of the State of Utah, DABC stores will remain open on a limited basis. They will practice appropriate social distancing measures to protect the health of customers.

Utah liquor stores are practicing social distancing, allowing only five to ten people inside a store at one time, depending on the store's size.

Currently, Utah liquor stores are closing at 7 p.m. -- until at least April 2.

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