Alcohol-to-go is now permanently legal in Florida. What does it mean?

It’s now legal to get alcoholic beverages with your take-out or food delivery in Florida, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

But how does that work? Can you grab your beer and hop in your car?

Not exactly. Let’s take a look at what the new law lets you do.

Can you get drinks to go in Florida?

Yes. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 148,  the so-called alcohol-to-go bill, into law Thursday. This makes permanent what was a temporary emergency order to help bars and restaurants offset the losses they received during the mandatory COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns.

Cheers! DeSantis signs drinks-to-go bill at Houligan’s in Ormond Beach

Read the law: CS/SB 148: Beverage Law

Can I drink and drive in Florida?

Absolutely not. To comply with the law, to-go orders of alcoholic drinks must:

Janelle B. Smith

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