Although the bill doesn’t go far enough for most Libertarians, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed Senate Bill 148, allowing Florida restaurants to provide to-go cocktails for customers. An executive order provided a lifeline to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has also proved popular and safe. The Institute for Justice (IJ), the Libertarian Party of Florida, and Americans for Prosperity supported the permanent change and applauded lawmakers for giving businesses the freedom to serve Floridians in the way that works best for them.
“Today Floridians can order up a cocktail from their favorite restaurant, take it home, and toast to their new freedom,” said IJ Florida Office Managing Attorney Justin Pearson. “Making to-go cocktails permanently available to restaurants and their customers is a sensible step. This reform will help restaurant entrepreneurs and their employees to recover from the pandemic while also providing customers with more options.”
“Alcoholic drinks to-go became an important source of revenue for restaurants that were trying to survive during the pandemic,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This law is an important measure to continue the positive economic impacts of a temporary order. I want to thank the Legislature, but particularly Senator Jennifer Bradley and Representative Josie Tomkow, for being ready and willing to create common sense reforms that got government out of the way and increased opportunity for Florida businesses.”Governor DeSantis signed the bill at Houligan’s Sports Grille, an Ormond Beach-area restaurant that relied on the allowances of the Governor’s prior emergency orders over the past year as an added source of revenue during challenges associated with the pandemic.