Amendment passed: Liquor laws relaxed on Sundays

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In an 8 to 3 vote, the East Baton Rouge Metro Council changed the current laws and adopted some changes to the alcohol laws on Sundays.

Now, bars could soon be open from 11am till midnight. It's something Happy's Manager Aaron Harrell is thrilled about.

"As Baton Rouge has become more of a metropolitan city, there's a demand for people to be able to go out and enjoy more of a social life and enjoy their Sundays and watch football," said Harrell.

So if you prefer to watch the Saints and Drew Brees at a bar, you could now have that option. Plus, Harrell said this only helps Downtown Baton Rouge.

"A lot of times, there are things like Sunday in the Park that people would like to have a lot more of an option for like some place to go before or after these events," said Harrell.

While Harrell hopes to begin opening seven days as a week as soon as he's allowed to, one block over at Boudreaux and Thibodaux's, Brennan Bayham said he will wait to see if there is a demand.

"Because we don't have food, not too many people just go out to party on Sunday night," said Bayham.

The adopted ordinance also allows retailers to begin selling alcohol on Sunday like every other day: 6am till 2am.

"We'll start opening up at 9am and closing at 9pm or 10pm like we normally do," said Cuban Liquor's cashier Andrew Hamilton.

Along with some bar and retail owners looking at the extra day for additional dollars, some at the council meeting said changing the law allows the Red Stick to compete for even more conventions and tourists, but not everyone was in favor of the idea.

"We have enough alcohol in this parish," said a local at the public hearing. "This government needs to protect the people. We do not need anymore alcohol."

"This means that our city police, sheriff, our ATF, they're all going to have to have more personnel to regulate these hours," another local at the hearing.

The ordinance now heads to Mayor Kip Holden. He has 12 days to sign or veto it. If he doesn't sign in the 12 days, it becomes law on November 5th.

WAFB talked to Mayor Holden and asked if he planned to sign or veto the ordinance, he said "he would review it once it made it to his desk."

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