Retail Sales

Bans on Off-Premises Sunday Sales

Laws banning Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption as of January 1, 1998 and repeals from that date forward.

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Changes Over Time for Bans on Off-Premises Sunday Sales
Jurisdiction Date Range Ban Repealed Exceptions Citations
Local Option 3.2 Beer Sales
Allowed
AR (Arkansas)
1/1/1998 - 3/24/1999   2 Citations
AR (Arkansas)
3/25/1999 - 1/1/2018 Yes 4 Citations
CO (Colorado)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2008  Yes3 Citations
CO (Colorado)
7/1/2008 - 1/1/2018Yes  3 Citations
CT (Connecticut)
1/1/1998 - 5/13/2012   3 Citations
CT (Connecticut)
5/14/2012 - 1/1/2018Yes  4 Citations
DE (Delaware)
1/1/1998 - 5/14/2003   2 Citations
DE (Delaware)
5/15/2003 - 1/1/2018Yes  4 Citations
GA (Georgia)
1/1/1998 - 4/27/2011   2 Citations
GA (Georgia)
4/28/2011 - 1/1/2018 Yes 4 Citations
IL (Illinois)
1/1/1998 - 7/14/2015 Yes 2 Citations
IL (Illinois)
7/15/2015 - 1/1/2018Yes  1 Citations
KS (Kansas)
1/1/1998 - 11/14/2005   4 Citations
KS (Kansas)
11/15/2005 - 1/1/2018 Yes 5 Citations
KY (Kentucky)
1/1/1998 - 6/24/2013 YesYes4 Citations
KY (Kentucky)
6/25/2013 - 1/1/2018 Yes 4 Citations
MA (Massachusetts)

Massachusetts allows Sunday sales of alcohol in cities or towns within specified counties if the city or town is within ten miles of the New Hampshire or Vermont borders, provided that a local licensing authority, at its discretion, grants such permits.

Massachusetts also allows off-premises sales on Sundays beginning on the Sunday immediately preceding Thanksgiving day and each Sunday thereafter until and including the Sunday immediately preceding New Year's.

1/1/1998 - 11/25/2003 Yes 4 Citations
MA (Massachusetts)
11/26/2003 - 1/1/2018Yes  4 Citations
MN (Minnesota)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2017  Yes2 Citations
MN (Minnesota)
7/1/2017 - 1/1/2018Yes  3 Citations
PA (Pennsylvania)

In Pennsylvania, hotel and restaurant licensees, other than clubs, are permitted to sell malt or brewed beverages on Sundays for consumption off the premises where sold in quantities of not more than 192 fluid ounces in a single sale to one person.

1/1/1998 - 2/6/2003   8 Citations
PA (Pennsylvania)

Hotels and restaurants are allowed to sell malt or brewed beverages on Sundays for consumption off the premises where sold in quantities of not more than 192 fluid ounces. Effective February 7, 2003, Pennsylvania amended its Sunday sales ban to allow for a two-year time period during which "the board shall open up to ten per centum of the total number of Pennsylvania Liquor Stores at its discretion for Sunday sales." See 47 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3-304. Effective February 7, 2005, this statute was amended to remove the trial period and to authorize the board to open up to 25 percent of the total number of Pennsylvania liquor stores for Sunday sales. Effective September 6, 2005, manufacturers, importing distributors, and distributors were authorized to sell malt or brewed beverages to non-licensed buyers on Sundays. Effective August 8, 2016, Pennsylvania Liquor Stores, including online stores, shall be open on the hours and days that the board deems appropriate.

2/7/2003 - 1/1/2018Yes  16 Citations
RI (Rhode Island)

Rhode Island allows off-premises sales on Sundays during the two Sundays preceding Christmas and the Sunday immediately following Christmas.

1/1/1998 - 6/30/2004   2 Citations
RI (Rhode Island)
7/1/2004 - 1/1/2018Yes  3 Citations
VA (Virginia)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2004 Yes 2 Citations
VA (Virginia)

In Virginia, beginning on July 1, 2004, certain government stores, as determined by the Board, in any county having the urban county executive form of government, in any city adjacent to or completely surrounded by any such county, in any county contiguous to any such county, in any city adjacent to or completely surrounded by any such contiguous county, or in any city having a population in excess of 200,000 (or beginning on July 1, 2008, a population of 100,000 or more), may be open on Sunday for the sale of alcoholic beverages after 1:00 p.m.

7/1/2004 - 1/1/2018Yes  3 Citations