The Department of Revenue announced today that they are allowing patrons in a Leisure and Recreation District (LRD) to leave with a mixed drink from their to go order.
This means if you live in one of the 19 LRDs in the state, you can order a mixed drink with your curbside order and take it home.
“Due to the emergency situation all Mississippians are facing, ABC is now allowing drinks in the “to go” orders made by patrons for curbside pick-up if the restaurant is located in an LRD,” the order reads.
The following cities are designated LRDs: Bay St. Louis, Tupelo, Ridgeland, Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Brandon, Clinton, Diamondhead, D’Iberville, Hattiesburg, Laurel, Long Beach, Moss Point, Natchez, Pascagoula, Pass Christian, and Vicksburg.
Restaurants will still be prohibited from selling you a mixed drink if they are located outside one of the allowable cities because it it prohibited by state law.
Over the past few weeks, DOR has made updated multiple regulations to make it easier to purchase alcohol. Along with the most recent change, liquor stores can now take orders online or over the phone, while providing curbside delivery rather than having to enter the retail establishment. You are also allowed to purchase a sealed bottle of wine with their to-go order.
These actions were previously illegal.