Gov. Kemp signs bill allowing stores to deliver beer, wine, liquor to Georgians’ homes

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the way many Georgians shop, Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday signed legislation allowing stores and at least some restaurants to deliver beer, wine and booze to homes.

Only a decade ago Georgia didn’t allow stores to even sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays, but the political climate has changed greatly since then. The coronavirus pandemic, which persuaded more Georgians to have groceries and other goods delivered to their homes, helped spur that change and made House Bill 879 easier to pass

“House Bill 879 is a great example of how Georgia’s regulatory system allows for increased consumer choice while providing local businesses with the opportunity to grow and flourish,” said K.C. Honeyman, the executive director of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia.

The Department of Revenue will have to draw up regulations for home delivery before stores can use the new law, and House Ways and Means Chairman Brett Harrell, R-Snellville, the measure’s sponsor, said it could take a few months before businesses can start deliveries.

During debate on the measure. Harrell called it part of the changing way Georgians shop.

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