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Gov. Kemp Signs Bill Allowing Alcohol Delivery With Restrictions

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law HB 879 that allows for the delivery of beer, wine and liquor from certain businesses.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law HB 879 that allows for the delivery of beer, wine and liquor from certain businesses.
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It is now legal for Georgians to have alcohol delivered to their homes — with a few restrictions.

On Monday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law HB 879 that allows for the delivery of beer, wine and liquor.

Customers can purchases alcohol from packaged goods retailers for delivery but must show their ID at the door.

The bill passed back in June after an uptick in grocery deliveries due to the pandemic.

According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the Department of Revenue must now draw up guidelines for the new law, which could delay retailers from starting deliveries by a few months.

Those in metro Atlanta have been able to order alcohol to go since the beginning of the pandemic. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an order that allowed take-out alcohol sales to ease the financial burden on businesses.

While that order is still temporary, being able to deliver alcohol could mean a new revenue source for restaurants and bars struggling during the pandemic.

Despite Georgia legislators easing restrictions on the sale of beverages directly to consumers in 2017, the new delivery law doesn’t include breweries, distilleries or wineries.

Municipalities will be able to decide whether they want to opt-out of the new delivery legislation, similar to when the so-called “Brunch Bill” passed in 2018. The law allowed the start of alcohol sales in restaurants on Sundays to begin at 11 a.m.