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DeSantis signs “alcohol-to-go” into law

Jesse Phillips
Bartender Jesse Phillips wears a protective mask and gloves as he pours wine at the Riverside Hotel’s Boathouse restaurant during the new coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Hotels, beaches and gyms reopened throughout Broward County Tuesday after being closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — The pandemic has forced Floridians to make some serious life changes, and some of them will be sticking around long after COVID has passed.
Many people will continue to work from home, we may require a yearly vaccine booster and buying alcohol to-go from restaurants is now the law of the land.

During the “Safer at Home” order in 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order allowing alcoholic beverages to be acquired “to-go.”

And now, DeSantis has just signed a bill that makes alcohol to-go a permanent fixture in the Sunshine State.

With the governor’s signature, the bill goes into effect on July 1.

There are some restriction like the size of the drink and the type of container in which its served.
Drinks will not be able to exceed 32 ounces and need to be placed in “secured” containers by the business.

The bill requires cutting off the sale of to-go drinks when restaurants’ scheduled food service ends for the day or at midnight, whichever comes first.

Alcoholic deliveries must be secured in locked compartments, vehicle trunks or in areas behind the last upright seats in vehicles.

The bill also allows customers to take unfinished opened bottles of wine home along with a full yet-to-be uncorked wine bottle.