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COVINGTON — Voters in Covington approved a “brunch bill” in municipal elections Tuesday that allows restaurants in the city to begin selling alcohol with food at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Porterdale voters were also expected to approve the referendum in their municipal elections.

In Covington, voters approved the measure with 1,241 voters in favor to 627 votes against.

In 2018 the Georgia General Assembly passed a law, known as the “brunch bill,” that left it up to local residents to decide whether they want restaurants and wineries to sell alcohol beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

But the bill included approval at the local level, and the city councils in Covington and Porterdale both voted to put it on the ballot.

Current law requires restaurants and stores to wait until 12:30 p.m. to begin selling beer, wine and liquor on Sundays. Retail establishments still will have to wait until 12:30 p.m. to begin Sunday sales.

Conyers approved the measure during the general election last November.

In addition to Covington and Porterdale, the “brunch bill” was on the ballot in Henry County and the cities of Locust Grove, McDonough, Monroe and Stockbridge.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.