Community Covenant

Community Covenant for Responsible Beverage Service

Hospitality is a valued and important aspect of the social and cultural activities of all people visiting or residing in Lincoln/Lancaster County. The hospitality industry, composed of hotels/motels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, social clubs, off premise establishments and recreation, amusement and convention facilities, is one of the county's largest private employers and a major contributor to the local economy.

Because of the nature of products and services provided as part of hospitality, both social and commercial hosts, share a responsibility in protecting the health, safety, and well being of guests. This is especially true regarding the sale and/or service of beverages containing alcohol.

Both the hospitality industry and society at large, through the legal sale and use of beverages containing alcohol, recognize the role of social drinking and recognize the value that appropriate use of these beverages has in hospitality settings.

We, as hosts, both commercial and social, recognize the importance of responsible hospitality practices and recognize the right of people to choose to drink or to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages. It is for this reason that we have adopted a sense of responsibility in how we serve our guests. By acknowledging the role of moderation, we recognize the distinction between the appropriate and inappropriate use of beverages containing alcohol.

As members of our community, we support the efforts of community human service agencies that provide a broad range of alcohol related services.

Therefore, we agree to adopt the following responsible hospitality practices, which promote a healthy and safe environment for the benefit of all:

  • Encourage the creation of an atmosphere that promotes group social interaction and provide activities other than drinking.

  • Ensure that servers are aware of responsible beverage service practices.

  • Provide proper supervision and maintain control over the hospitality environment and encourage responsible drinking decisions by all guests.

  • When possible, provide foods that slow the rate of intoxication wherever alcoholic beverages are sold or served.

  • Provide low-alcohol and nonalcoholic beverages whenever alcoholic beverages are sold or served.

  • Increase awareness of the risks involved with the consumption of beverages containing alcohol in association with activities and situations that might result in harm, injury, or death - such as when driving, when pregnant, when underage, and when operating machinery.

  • Recognize the signs of, and discourage intoxication in all situations. Do not serve an intoxicated person.

  • Comply with all social and legal obligations for the appropriate service and consumption of alcoholic beverages, including not permitting service to or consumption by, those under the age of 21.