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Sunday Liquor Sales Allowed in Connecticut by Loretto on 21 May 2012 1:37pm
 
Not since 1655 has alcohol been sold on Sundays in Connecticut.

Due to the "Blue Laws," the same laws that caused the prohibition era and made the Kennedys rich, all sale of alcohol in either off-licenses or super markets was banned on Sundays in addition to a restriction of hours that alcohol could be sold. Until recently it was from 8am-8pm, now it is from 8am to 9pm.

Our current Gov. Dannel Malloy has over turned that "Blue law" and Connecticut is now legally permitted to sell alcohol on Sundays.

There has been a huge mixed reaction to it here. Lots of different reasons too for those mixed reactions. My husband owns a liquor/wine store in Darien, CT and he feels that Sundays are a family day.

He told me that he got 7 calls on his work number yesterday (Sunday), all after 7pm, asking if he was open.

It is a "damed if you do/don't" situation. If he doesn't open and the guy across town does, he could lose customers.

Do you have laws in UK, Canada or anywhere else that prohibits the sale of alcohol on Sundays?

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Re: Sunday Liquor Sales Allowed in Connecticut by suzulu on 21 May 2012 1:43pm
 
You can buy alcohol in England on a Sunday.

I hope your husband doesn't feel too pressurised in having to open his store on a Sunday if he doesn't want to.
 
Re: Sunday Liquor Sales Allowed in Connecticut by Loretto on 21 May 2012 1:59pm
 
Well Sue I think he might open on Sundays before and on major holidays. Like the Memorial Day weekend here, he will probably be open on Sunday the 26th.

In Ireland each town took a day during the week for a "closed" day. Our town, Portumna, was closed on Mondays. All stores were closed. The next town over was open for business on Mondays but closed on Tuesdays. Loughrea was closed on Wednesdays and so on.

The town of Wilton, CT has decided to enforce its own ruling, and no sale of alcohol is permitted on Sundays except at restaurants/bars. So who knows what will happen?

I think he will probably have to open on Sundays. These "Blue Laws" are based on Puritan rules! All based on religious beliefs! America is very old fashioned in some ways.



 
Re: Sunday Liquor Sales Allowed in Connecticut by Lounge Trekker on 21 May 2012 5:02pm
 
Sunday store openings have been allowed for 30 years here. There are only a few statutory holidays where few staores are open, but liquor can still be purchased.

Apart from fewer quiet days, and our society continuing to be slaves to the automobile and all the noise it creates, liquour being available has changed few things in this area.

I'm told there are still areas in Canada where liquour cannot be sold at all, and regulations of the sale of booze is a provincial regulation, so that might vary, too.
 
Re: Sunday Liquor Sales Allowed in Connecticut by johnnyBgood! on 21 May 2012 5:33pm
 
Yay Loretto ! I've now got the perfect reason to visit the USA. An Irish friend who owns a liquor store. It doesn't get any better than that. :)
 
Re: Sunday Liquor Sales Allowed in Connecticut by Loretto on 21 May 2012 5:35pm
 
We are closed on Sundays though!
 
Re: Sunday Liquor Sales Allowed in Connecticut by johnnyBgood! on 21 May 2012 5:37pm
 
I'll buy two bottles on Saturday !
 
Re: Sunday Liquor Sales Allowed in Connecticut by johnnyBgood! on 21 May 2012 5:45pm
 
My dad told me about the crazy laws we used to have in Scotland concerning Sunday licensing.
Only hotels were allowed to sell alcohol on a Sunday and you had to be a 'bona fide traveller'. You had to sign a book saying you were travelling between, say Glasgow and Edinburgh, and you would be served the same stale sandwich as the previous customer in order to satisfy the law that you were having a meal ! Hypocrisy at it's best.
 
Re: Sunday Liquor Sales Allowed in Connecticut by ev on 21 May 2012 8:53pm
 
Here in Germany you can still buy alcohol all over the place and whenever. Even in petrol stations - "I'll have a tank of gas and a bottle of rum, please..."

However, if you're involved in an accident and you WEREN'T responsible for it, but you've had some alcohol, you still might be held at least partly responsible. The logic being that you might have been able to avoid it more easily had you not been drinking!

I get the impression that there's more drink-driving in Australia, though.. must be the convict heritage..
 
Re: Sunday Liquor Sales Allowed in Connecticut by johnnyBgood! on 21 May 2012 9:02pm
 
Drink driving is rife in Australia ev, as you must well know.
 
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