An ordinance allowing the sale of beer and wine at 10 A.M. on Sundays by businesses licensed for off-premises sales passed unanimously at last week’s Town of Chapel Hill Council meeting.

The ordinance conforms to the so-called “brunch bill” passed in late June that allowed restaurants to sell alcohol starting at 10 A.M. on Sundays.

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said that the decision to pass the ordinance came after a meeting with the community coalition against binge drinking.

“I will say that we have met with them and they didn’t have any data that showed any difference in starting [alcohol sales] at 10 A.M. on Sunday morning versus noon on Sunday, so they will not be coming forward to present any conflicting information,” said Hemminger.

The ordinance passed despite complaints from the public that extending alcohol sales on Sundays would conflict with church attendance.