For many restaurants, this has been a rule that has saved their business during the pandemic. Now, this bill will head to the governor’s desk for his signature.
During the pandemic, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order that would allow alcoholic drinks to be sold with takeout meals. Since it has done so well for restaurants, state lawmakers are doing what they can to make it a permanent move. They came to an agreement with an amendment both sides of the aisle liked.
The state senate voted unanimously with the addition of the amendment, and the house only had one NO vote.
Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association said in a statement:
“We are so pleased for the final passage of SB 148. Alcohol-to-go continues to be an important source of revenue for restaurants that are struggling to survive.”
Alcohol-to-go sales would need to stop at midnight, or when the restaurants stop sales for the day, whichever happens first. Also, according to the bill:
“Such alcoholic beverage also must be placed in a bag or other container that is secured in such a manner that it is visibly apparent if the container has been subsequently opened or tampered with, and a dated receipt for the alcoholic beverage and food must be provided by the licensee and attached to the bag or container. If transported in a motor vehicle, an alcoholic beverage that is not in a container sealed by the manufacturer must be placed in a locked compartment, a locked trunk, or the area behind the last upright seat of a motor vehicle.”