Maryland Blogger: Darnestown Liquor and Wine Store Has Reopened

Darnestown Liquor and Wine Store Has Reopened

Darnestown Liquor and Wine Store Has Reopened


Montgomery County’s Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) reopened its Darnestown Liquor and Wine. The store, located at 12155 Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg, was closed for three weeks after several employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The number of employees in quarantine caused staffing shortages, which forced ABS to close the store. During the closure, a specialized unit performed a deep cleaning and sanitization of the store, which included cleaning all surfaces and products and fogging with specialized machines.

Since the health crisis began, ABS has been deep cleaning all of its stores. Daily temperature checks are conducted of each employee and they are following enhanced cleaning protocols for high touch surfaces. In addition, plexiglass has been installed at the registers in each store to create a barrier between consumers and employees. ABS also has implemented policies requiring employees to wash their hands hourly and to use hand sanitizer between transactions. Face coverings and social distancing of at least six feet are required for customers and employees.


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Comment balloon 11 commentsRoy Kelley • August 15 2020 01:22PM


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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Montgomery County Health and Human Services and Alcohol Beverage Services inspectors have continued to respond to, and investigate, reports that some local businesses are not following Phase 2 reopening requirements. During recent inspections, one business was closed for not complying with COVID-19 requirements for reopening. In addition, two businesses received $500 citations for noncompliance.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

It is amazing to see the number of people ignoring the mandatory mask in public order.  We also see large numbers of people, obviously not from the same household, out socializing. I honestly don't get it. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 2 months ago

Wow, that would be alot of bottles to wipe down and get the place ready to reopen again.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 2 months ago

Roy, our liquor stores remained open, except for about 3 hours when our Governor said they would close.  Almost had a small war here!   They changed their minds quickly.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 2 months ago

This is the store that serves Kentlands, our home neigborhood. However, we have not been shopping in stores since March.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Hi Roy....with all of the stress of Covid-19 plus the soon to come presidential election, the inventory of that wine and liquor store will be flying off the shelves!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) 2 months ago


People who are depressed and affected by this whole crisis are going to love having the liquor store open.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 2 months ago

I have to agree with Ron and Alexandra's #8 comment.  Because of the pandemic, folks are going to love having the liquor store open!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 2 months ago

Good evening Roy Kelley - good to know.  I am sure the regulars will be glad to know it has reopened.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 2 months ago

Morning Roy.

I bet for those who indulge in adult beverages are happy about that

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 2 months ago