Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Massachusetts Liquor Laws Catching Up with the Times

The Puritans of the original Massachusetts Bay Colony were a strict God-fearing people.  In the 17th century they enacted a set of laws, often referred to as “Blue Laws,” which restricted various activities, both commercial and recreational, on Sundays.  Among these laws was the probation of the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

It’s only now in the 21st century, some four hundred years later, that Massachusetts has finally seen fit to update it’s antiquated blue laws as they relate to alcohol sales.  The big shift happened in 2003 when the total ban on Sunday alcohol sales was lifted.  Now, ten years later, the state is further liberalizing its liquor laws and allowing liquor stores to open at 10am on Sunday, two hours earlier than previously.

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