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Ban on new vape shops is extended in Hall County

Extending a moratorium on business licenses for new hookah lounges or vape shops was extended to May 29, 2020.

Existing businesses are allowed to stay open during the moratorium. Unincorporated Hall has three vape shops but no hookah lounges.

Sarah McQuade, the county’s planning and development director, has said the state legislature could pass a state law regulating these businesses during the next legislative session, which begins in January. 

Commissioners first approved a 90-day moratorium on business licenses for hookah lounges on May 23. On Aug. 7, commissioners voted to extend that period until Oct. 10 and added vape shops to the list of businesses that could temporarily not get a license. On Sept. 26, the moratorium was extended to Dec. 12.

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