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City council amends code for alcohol sales

Brittney Knox

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Tuesday night, the Tuscaloosa city council unanimously decided to amend the section of the Tuscaloosa city code to provide for the sale of alcohol on Sunday.

The council did not place any restrictions on what locations can sell alcohol on Sundays, meaning every business that can sell alcohol on any other day can sell alcohol between noon and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. That includes bars, restaurants and liquor stores.

“The modification tonight would include the new Sunday sales and ensure that the law takes into consideration the Monday hours,” said Tim Nunnally, city attorney.

According to the ordinance that amended the section, there are specific rules stores must follow.

“The Monday prior it should not be sold before 6:30 a.m., Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 1:45 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., and Sunday between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and noon and after the hours of 9:30 p.m.,” the ordinance said.

The exception to this stipulation on Sundays is when it falls on New Year’s Eve. Then the hours are extended to 2 a.m.

The amendment allows a 15-minute window for consumption on the premises. This means that on New Year’s Day you can order alcohol until 1:45 a.m. and you have until 2 a.m. to consume it.

Bethany Pack, a senior majoring in communication studies, said she feels Sunday alcohol sales are good for the city of Tuscaloosa as she takes into consideration the profit that can be made from restaurants.

“As Tuscaloosa is a growing and changing city, the extra revenue from these sales could help in some ways,” she said.

Pack said she did not notice the financial impact Sunday sales could have on the city until she thought about the Super Bowl.

“The people at home could have had their alcohol they bought either Friday or Saturday, “ she said. “But, the people that watched the game at places like Buffalo Wild Wings could have brought a lot of businesses to those places if they could have purchased alcohol.”

 

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