Sunday alcohol sales will soon be coming to Providence after city council members approved an amendment to the city’s ABC ordinance in a regular session on Monday night.

Council member Chip Palmer, who voted against the ordinance change both when it was proposed and again at the first reading, was absent. The remaining council members voted unanimously to approve the change with no further discussion.

Under the new regulation, any establishment that is permitted to sell alcohol Monday through Saturday may now apply for an additional Sunday Sales license. That license must be obtained from the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Once the new license is acquired, businesses may sell alcohol between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight on Sundays. This change applies to all alcohol sales, including package liquor stores and convenience stores. In the event that any restaurants start selling alcohol, they too can begin Sunday Sales once they acquire the new license.

According to Providence ABC officer Steve Burns, it typically takes around three weeks for the Kentucky ABC to process changes to existing ABC ordinances. That would mean businesses could begin applying for the new Sunday license as early as April 26.

At a recent city council meeting, Mayor Doug Hammers reported that in 2020, the city took in $75,000 in taxes from the sale of alcohol within the city. Those funds have gone to buy equipment for the Providence Police Department that the city would normally have had to pay for out of the general fund.

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069.

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069