Building off of presentations made at earlier meetings, the Woodstock City Council approved the first reading of proposed amendments to the city’s alcohol ordinance at its most recent meeting.

Director of Community Development Brantley Day reminded the council of the state law passed in 2020 involving the delivery of alcoholic beverages. After taking into consideration the input given by the council at an earlier meeting, Day brought forth a draft ordinance for the council to consider which included adding a home delivery option for retail, as well as drive-in windows and online curbside pickup for the sale of alcohol.

Addressing some of the questions that came up during earlier discussion on the proposed amendments, Day said it had been determined it would be more effective to include home delivery services as a check-item box on alcohol license renewals, rather than having businesses submit a letter of intent to offer home delivery services. He also pointed out this would allow retailers to deliver alcoholic beverages within the city, but not permit deliveries outside the city limits.

“We did check, and the driver taking alcoholic beverages does have to be 21, and they do have to check, or they’re supposed to check, the patron getting those beverages, their ID to make sure they’re 21,” he added.

Overall, Day said the amendment was essentially telling businesses in the city what they were allowed to do, based on what was permitted by state law and any restrictions the city might want to put in place. Similar laws have already been approved in other cities in the state, which Day said had been used as reference points when developing workable amendments for Woodstock.

Following Day’s presentation, the council voted 6-0 to approve the first reading of the proposed amendments.

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