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Change to Sunday alcohol sales on ballot

Bryan County Commissioners will ask residents to decide in November whether to allow the sale of alcohol by the drink 90 minutes earlier on Sundays in unincorporated areas of the county.

If voters approve the measure, which will likely be put on the ballot Nov. 8, it will allow the sale of alcohol for on-premises consumption beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays in unincorporated areas of the county instead of at 12:30 p.m.

The Sunday hours for the sale of packaged alcohol won’t change.

State law changed in 2018 to allow the sale of alcohol for consumption on premises beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays, County Administrator Ben Taylor told commissioners.

The measure, if passed, won’t change hours for package sales on Sundays. Those are legal from 12:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. 

Pembroke residents recently voted to allow package sales of alcohol in the city limits, but the city still doesn’t allow Sunday package sales. 

Richmond Hill already allows the sale of Sunday the drink at 11 a.m.

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