Last call: Alabama requiring alcohol sales to end at 11 p.m. nightly

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WXXV) – The Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board in Alabama on Monday voted to set last call at 11 p.m. each night throughout the state.

Alcohol sales must end at 11 p.m. for bars, restaurants and country clubs, and alcohol may not be consumed after 11:30 p.m.

Officials say the decision is a compromise over the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board was considering a 10 p.m. shutoff, but gave businesses the extra hour after hearing from owners.

Board Chair Alan Spencer says “The primary mission of the Alabama ABC Board is to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens and we take this mission very seriously.

“We are very sensitive to the economic impact this rule will have. This is a gut-wrenching decision we are making today, but it is also gut-wrenching to see the number of Alabamians who are suffering from this disease.”

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