ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Alcohol to-go is now permanent in Florida.
Gov. Ron DeSantis made it official with a bill signing at an Ormond Beach restaurant on Thursday morning.
DeSantis said the bill is meant to continue to help restaurants and bars thrive through the pandemic and beyond.
The idea of alcohol to go isn’t new. DeSantis signed an executive order in 2020 allowing alcoholic beverages in to-go orders to help restaurants and bars survive while Floridians quarantined at home.
The bill signed Thursday makes the service option permanent.
“The legislature looked to do it and they got it done in a way that benefited our restaurants and bars, but in a way that is safe for the public,” he said.
Here are the rules:
- Alcoholic drinks are available for delivery and curbside pickup.
- Alcoholic drinks can’t be more than 32 ounces.
- Alcoholic drinks must be placed in secured containers by the business.
The bill goes into effect on July 1.
Cox Media Group