Cabin John ABS Liquor & Wine Temporarily Closes

by Patrick Herron

The Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Service’s Liquor & Wine store located at 11301 Seven Locks Road in Potomac has temporarily closed after an employee was possibly exposed to COVID-19.

Per local health officials, all employees of the store must quarantine for 10 days. The store is expected to reopen on March 29th after a “specialized team” cleans and disinfects the building.

A list of all open ABS stores is available here.

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Cabin John Liquor and Wine store, operated by Montgomery County’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS), has temporarily closed due to the potential exposure of a store employee to a COVID-19 positive individual. The employee’s last day at work at the Cabin John store, located at 11301 Seven Locks Road in Potomac, was Thursday, March 11.

Local health officials conducted a contact tracing effort and determined all Cabin John store staff must quarantine for 10 days. The Cabin John store is not scheduled to reopen until Monday, March 29, as a result of the staffing shortage.

Before reopening, a specialized team will be brought in to disinfect the store. This deep cleaning involves chemical fogging and manual wiping down of all products and high contact surfaces in the store.

In addition to deep cleaning, all ABS stores have installed plexiglass at each register to create a barrier between consumers and staff and have erected hand sanitizer stations by the front doors. Staff is frequently disinfecting surfaces and is encouraging social distancing of at least six feet. Signage reminding customers to engage in social distancing and of the County health order requiring residents to wear facemasks while shopping, have been posted in each store as well. Staff are also limiting the number of people who can shop at one time to ensure distancing can be maintained.

ABS is the alcohol wholesaler of beer, wine and spirits for Montgomery County. ABS operates 25 beer, wine and spirits stores and one spirits only store in Poolesville. It manages alcohol licensing, enforcement, and education for more than 1,000 businesses. Generating more than $35 million in net income annually, ABS profits are used to pay down County debt with a large portion deposited in the County general fund to pay for resident services that would otherwise be funded by County tax dollars.

Learn more about ABS by visiting the website and by following ABS on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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