Hall County and many of its cities will now allow earlier alcohol sales on Sundays after voters approved the measure known as the “brunch bill” on Tuesday.
Voters OK brunch bill
Hall County: 63%
Flowery Branch: 71.3%
Voters in Hall County, Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Oakwood voted in favor of earlier Sunday sales. Lula and Clermont did not put the item up for a vote, meaning the sales will not be allowed within those city limits.
The bill, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal in May, gives municipalities the option to allow restaurants to start selling alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Previous state law stated that alcohol sales could only start at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.
The law does not apply to grocery stores.
Ordinances must be amended to reflect the change before restaurants can start serving. Hall County expects to approve changes in January. Gainesville expects the matter will be on an agenda in the coming weeks.