Maine’s busy tourist season may be delayed this year, but Healthy Acadia is still ready to help local stores, restaurants, and taverns safely sell or serve alcohol when they are fully re-opened. “Two things have changed with our state-certified server/seller training this year,” said Tara Young, Healthy Acadia’s Drug-Free Communities Coordinator. “We will be offering training using Zoom to adhere to current physical distancing protocols. And, since so many small businesses in our area are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, we will not be charging $25 for the training. It will be free for anyone, whether they are a new staff member getting their initial training, someone who needs recertification, or someone who would like to become a server or cashier in the future.”
This course emphasizes increasing employees’ knowledge about liquor laws, the importance of preventing underage sales, and sales to visibly intoxicated individuals, as well as building skills the skills necessary to handle refusing service when necessary. Employees will receive training on best practices to identify minors, false identification, and signs of visible intoxication. Training employees through this 3-hour course may lead to reduced insurance rates for businesses and will help reduce the risk of making costly and/or tragic unlawful sales.
Healthy Acadia will hold virtual training sessions on May 1, 13, 21, and 22, 2020. Off-premise training (for stores licensed to sell alcohol for consumption at another location) will begin at 8:30 a.m. on each of these days; on-premise training (or restaurants, bars, and taverns who serve alcohol) will begin at 12:30. To register, click on this link: https://forms.gle/
For more information or to schedule a dedicated training for six or more employees, please contact Tara Young at 667-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that engages in a broad range of initiatives to build healthier communities and make it easier for people to lead healthy lives across Washington and Hancock counties, Maine. Learn more at www.healthyacadia.org.