JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Governor Phil Bryant has signed what's been dubbed the 'to-go cup' bill into law. This law will allow people to carry to-go cups of alcohol out of bar and restaurants in designated areas.
Right now in Mississippi, all alcohol must be consumed or left before leaving a bar or restaurant. The measure will apply to cities with downtown entertainment districts. Each interested city will have to establish a zone in which patrons would be allowed open containers.
"As long as you have a small, confined area, which is what we prescribed in the bill, then it ought to be ok for adults to walk around with a drink in their hands," said State Representative David Baria of Bay St. Louis. He co-authored the original bill.
Many on the believe this change could mean better business.
"We just think it will help the tourism," said Biloxi's Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols. "For the lack of a better word, it would kind of give you a New Orleans feel. This is a natural for a resort area like Biloxi."
Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran agrees.
"We've been talking about it for a number of years," said Moran. "I think it's a great business opportunity all the way up and down the coast. We are a resort community."
The law goes into effect July 1.