Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to make permanent a change that has allowed restaurants to sell carryout alcoholic beverages during the coronavirus pandemic. 

During a restaurant roundtable in Fort Myers, DeSantis said he will keep the policy allowing it as long as his emergency executive order remains in place, but the Legislature would have to change state law to allow it permanently. 

DeSantis included what he calls “alcohol to go” in a March executive order to help provide a source of revenue for restaurants, which have been forced to scale back their operations during the pandemic.