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When the Gainesville City Council will vote on ‘brunch bill’

The Gainesville City Council will be voting Tuesday to change the city’s alcohol ordinance to reflect a Nov. 6 vote calling for earlier sales at restaurants on Sundays.

Changes would go into effect on Feb. 3, when restaurants could start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. rather than 12:30 p.m., the current time. About 70 percent of voters in the city approved the change in November, after a state law, nicknamed the “brunch bill,” that passed in 2018 allowed municipalities and counties to put a referendum on the ballot for the issue.

The law does not apply to grocery stores.

Voters in Hall County, Oakwood and Flowery Branch also approved earlier Sunday sales, but ordinances must be adjusted by local governments before restaurants can start offering alcohol earlier.

Hall County is also considering a Feb. 3 effective date for the change, with commissioners holding two hearings on Jan. 10 and 24, then voting on Jan. 24. Oakwood and Flowery Branch have already approved the changes, which will also go into effect Feb. 3.

Gainesville City Council

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway

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