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DeWine signs bill making alcohol-to-go sales permanent in Ohio

House Bill 669 was approved by the House in June and passed in the Senate in September.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill on Tuesday that will allow restaurants and bars to sell alcoholic beverages for carry-out and delivery permanently.

House Bill 669 was approved by the House in June and passed in the Senate in September.  

Back in April, Gov. Mike DeWine announced restaurants and bars could temporarily sell and deliver alcohol with meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally, businesses could sell two packaged alcoholic drinks per meal. Under the bill signed by DeWine, the number is increased to three per meal.

The bill also allows for third-party delivery of alcohol to people over 21 with a meal purchase.

According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, more than 30 states are allowing cocktails to-go, bottled spirits to-go or both.

Iowa became the first state to make the sales permanent in response to the pandemic and Ohio became the second.

Other states, including Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and the District of Columbia are also considering making their policies permanent.