AYER — The Ayer Police Department will conduct compliance testing on all licensed establishments in the town of Ayer that sell and serve alcoholic beverages, over the next 90 days.
During the testing, a minor who looks and is under 21 will attempt to purchase a six-pack, bottle or an alcoholic beverage in every restaurant, bar and package store in town. Officers will also be checking the IDs of patrons inside establishments to confirm that they are of legal age to be consuming alcoholic beverages and will be targeting adults who are procuring alcohol for minors.
It is the goal of the Ayer Police Department to have 100 compliance and make sure that all of the businesses in town that serve and sell alcohol are ensuring that it does not get in the hands of minors. Officers who will be conducting the compliance testing are urging all business owners to remind employees to check IDs and follow all guidelines set by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.
Although the underage operatives that will be attempting to purchase alcohol will not have an ID, the four acceptable forms of identification for the procurement of alcoholic beverages are a Massachusetts driver’s license, a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles liquor identification card, a passport issued by the United States or a country recognized by the United States, and a valid military identification card.
Officers will compile a report on every establishment, whether pass or fail, and those reports will be forwarded to the Board of Selectman.
The Board of Selectman is the issuing authority of all liquor licenses in town.