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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday signed into law a bill—HB879—which allows the at-home delivery of liquor, wine, and beer, across the state by grocery stores, restaurants, bars, convenience stores, and even some package stores. The new legislation excludes breweries and distillers and could take months before businesses can actually take advantage of the new bill, according to a report from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (AJC).
Georgia’s Dept. of Revenue still needs to draft the actual regulations which would outline how the law will be enforced. It’s also not guaranteed that any given city, including Atlanta, would adopt the policy, which is at the discretion of local municipalities—kinda like that pesky “no alcohol sales on Sunday” legislation.
Under the order of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the city’s restaurants since around the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic have been able to sell alcohol to-go. That order remains.
Speaking of alcohol, the City of Atlanta last week finally started holding its license review board hearings again, taking in a growing-list of applicants looking to serve out of new and existing restaurants.