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Elimination of ‘burdensome’ rules will help on-trade

The Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) has welcomed a new executive order designed to help businesses recover from the pandemic and said it would work with the US administration to remove “unnecessary, burdensome regulations” across the hospitality sector.

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Discus said it would continue to advocate for the industry’s needs

Trade group Discus welcomed the US administration’s executive order (EO) on 19 May, which ordered agencies to consider waiving, repealing, or modifying regulations in an effort to stimulate the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery EO asks agencies to identify potential deregulatory actions and to use enforcement discretion in order to help the economy recover.

Chris Swonger, Discus president and CEO, said: “We are grateful the administration is acting proactively to support US businesses as they work to recover from the devastating impacts caused by Covid-19.

“We look forward to working with the administration to identify and eliminate unnecessary, burdensome regulations to help the hospitality industry, which will reboot the economy.

“The spirits industry is a critical part of the US hospitality industry, which supports millions of businesses and hardworking Americans across the nation.”

The trade body said it would “continue to advocate for the industry’s needs, which include federal excise tax relief for distillers, suspension of tariffs on distilled spirits, creation of an industry stabilisation fund, and continued funding for no- and low-interest loan assistance”.

These moves will help the sector to support US jobs and local agriculture, Swonger added.

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