Georgians now have the legal right to have their favorite alcoholic beverages
delivered to their doorsteps albeit with a couple of restrictions. Georgia
Governor Kemp signed
HB 879 into law to enable the delivery of liquor, wine and beer, easing alcohol
purchase restrictions in Georgia.
Customers in the area can buy alcohol from bars, restaurants, grocery stores,
apps and a number of package and retail stores but proof of ID is required
at the door when the delivery guy shows up. The bill was passed in June
2020 but legislation does not include Georgia's breweries and distillers.
The Department of Revenue is expected to draw up the measures and guidelines
needed for businesses to be in compliance with the law, which means retailers
will have to be patient for a few months. Being able to provide an alcohol
delivery service is a worthwhile additional source of revenue for bars
and restaurants grappling with the coronavirus pandemic.
In regards to how alcohol delivery to homes will work for consumers, the
bill requires people to accept deliveries in person, be at least 21 years
old and have appropriate identification. Local municipalities are at liberty
to determine the businesses that will deliver alcohol, comparable to the
Brunch Bill of 2018 that had a provision for opting out of selling alcohol from 11am
Can a package store or grocery store provide online sales for alcohol with
curbside pickup or delivery?
Yes, package stores, grocery stores and other alcohol retailers that do
not sell alcohol for consumption within the premises are allowed to provide
alcohol sales online for curbside pickup or delivery.
Will customers need to be present when orders arrive?
Yes, deliveries can only be received in person for the purpose of verifying
identity and age.
As the new law gathers momentum, businesses will enjoy more flexibility
in terms of pickup areas and curbside pickup services to meet their customers'
needs. Please get in touch with
Richman Law Firm if you need advice or have any inquiries.