Sunday Liquor Sales in Connecticut

The “Blue Laws,” initiated by Gov. T Eaton and Rev. John Cotton in 1655, prohibited the sale of liquor on Sundays in Connecticut, in addition to the hours of operation for liquor sales in the state. These “Blue Laws” are based on Puritan beliefs.

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. Sunday, May 20 2012 saw liquor stores open for business from 10am to 5pm.

Liquor Store photo by Julia Yusupov via Flickr

Liquor Store photo by Julia Yusupov via Flickr

The town of Wilton, Connecticut has ruled that their town shall not sell liquor on Sundays.

Wilton is unique in that only recently has it allowed Liquor stores in the town, hence the moniker “dry town.”
Some liquor store owners as well as consumers welcomed the chance to remain open for business on Sundays.

Others were unhappy about the change to the blue laws, some even hinting that Gov. Dannel Malloy has inflicted negative changes in the state of Connecticut.

One Facebook commentator stated, “Now in the State of Connecticut because of this Governor you can commit the heinous crime of your choice and not get the death penalty. You can kill as many people as you want any way you want and the State will pay your room and board forever. You can buy alcohol on Sundays and drink seven days a week.”

The New York Times interviewed a liquor store owner across state lines who claimed that the new open for business on Sundays rule in Connecticut was going to hurt his liquor store sales in New York state. The store owner estimated that his Sunday sales would drop by 50%.

Connecticut Post interviewed a samll liquor store owner who remained open on Sunday.

“I don’t like it. You need some time to spend with family,” he said. Patel  already works from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week. Now he said he feels  compelled to open on Sundays and worries about Monday, which from 4 to 9 p.m. is  usually very busy. (Via Connecticut Post)

NBC Connecticut interviewed a liquor store manager who was also against the Sunday sale of liquor.

Crazy Bruce’s manager Mike Bradley says it is expensive to open his stores an extra day but he has no choice.

“I’m against them but we have to be open being the store we are. Competition will be open. So to be a convenience to our customers, to not lose any customers, we will be open,” said Bradley.

Read this on Storify.com here.

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