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Sunday package sales delayed
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Sunday package sales of alcohol will have to wait a little longer in Covington due to a paperwork error.

The final reading of the ordinance that would officially allow Sunday package sales was set to be read and approved at the Dec. 5 Covington City Council meeting, but the final reading for the ordinance has been pushed back to the Dec. 13 meeting instead.

The city is required to run a legal advertisement in The Covington News prior to any ordinance changes, and City Manager Steve Horton said there was an error in the advertisement. Because advertisements must run at least five days prior to a vote, the Sunday package sales vote had to be moved back.

The council passed the first reading of the ordinance 5-1, with Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams opposing. Once the second reading is passed, the mayor must sign the ordinance before it goes into effect.

Horton previously cautioned alcohol store owners not to assume the ordinance would be passed. Owners are encouraged to call the city clerk beginning Dec. 14 at (770) 385-2010 to ensure the ordinance is in effect.

Covington voters approved Sunday sales in November with 65 percent support (868 yes votes). Alcohol will be able to be sold in retail stores on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.