The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to allow restaurants in the county to begin serving alcohol earlier on Sundays, a change voters approved in November.
Early sales will begin Feb. 3, the same day set by Gainesville, Oakwood and Flowery Branch.
A state law approved last year allows municipalities and counties to put an item on ballots asking voters whether restaurants should be allowed to sell alcohol starting at 11 a.m., rather than 12:30 p.m., on Sundays. The law, nicknamed the “brunch bill,” does not apply to grocery stores.
Commissioner Kathy Cooper was absent Thursday, and all other commissioners approved the change.
One resident, Douglas Aiken of Murrayville, spoke in opposition to the earlier sales on Thursday, saying that 11 a.m. was a time many people reserve for being in church.
“Show some respect. It’s not going to gain that much. … There’s a lot of scripture that supports what I’m saying,” Aiken said.
Thursday was the second hearing about the rule change. No one spoke at the first hearing on Jan. 10.