Newberry County residents will soon decide whether or not they want to allow alcohol sales on Sundays.
The Newberry County Council passed third reading of a proposed referendum that would ask voters on Election Day if they want to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises and off premises consumption on Sundays. The referendum will be binding after passing with just one abstention on the council.
The city of Newberry plans a similar vote in September that would allow alcohol sales at bars and restaurants on Sundays within the town limits.
Only six counties in South Carolina (Beaufort, Charleston, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, and Richland) currently allow Sunday sales in their unincorporated areas, according to the South Carolina Hospitality Association. However, there are multiple cities and towns in the remaining counties who do allow the sales. Most of the state’s largest cities (Greenville, Spartanburg, and Rock Hill) allow alcohol to be sold on Sunday.
There are also proposed referendums in Greenwood and Orangeburg counties.
Newberry affiliate WKDK contributed to this report