Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin for signing legislation making Oklahoma the 40th state to allow Sunday spirits sales, ending an archaic, Prohibition-era Blue Law.
The law allows retail package liquor stores to sell alcohol on Sunday on a local-option basis beginning October 1, 2018.
“Oklahomans will now be able to vote, county by county, to allow for the purchase of alcohol on the second busiest shopping day of the week,” said Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Dale Szyndrowski. “We applaud Governor Fallin for responding to consumers who overwhelmingly want the choice and convenience of purchasing spirits when shopping on Sunday.
“This will go a long way to protecting the small, retail businesses that were negatively impacted by a loss of foot traffic due to last year’s decision to allow wine sales in grocery stores,” Szyndrowski concluded.
Earlier this year, Minnesota also voted to allow Sunday alcohol sales. Since 2002, 18 states have passed Sunday sales legislation bringing the total to 40 states across the country.