A is slated to go into effect this weekend.
On Thursday, May 17, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a bill amending Connecticut’s Blue Laws, giving permittees the option of selling liquor and beer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
The law, slated to go into effect immediately, also allows stores the option of selling on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, and on Mondays following a Christmas or New Year's Day holiday that falls on a Sunday.
After the law goes into effect, the only state left to prohibit Sunday liquor sales will be Indiana.
In a , readers agreed that stores should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays.
Republican state Rep. Rosa Rebimbas reportedly worked on the bill along with state Sen. Kevin Witkos, R-Canton, supporting the hourly limit on alcohol sales as well as increasing — from two to three — the number of package stores a permittee can own.
“The alcohol industry is regulated for good reason," Rebimbas said in a press release. "I’m pleased that we’ve developed a workable proposal that can be supported by both package stores and policymakers."
But some opponents argue that the new law will put an unnecessary burden on small businesses, forcing them to stay open and compete with the bigger package stores and distributors.
On Woodbury-Middlebury Patch, readers voted and the majority felt .
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Patch checked in with Middlebury and Woodbury liquor stores to find out which plan on being open this weekend. Here are their responses:
Stores Staying Open:
Bob Heusted said he will open on Sundays from about noon to 4 p.m. but recommended calling ahead of time.
"I'm going to see how it goes," he said. "If no one is here, I might close early."
Stores that Don't Plan on Opening Sundays:
The staff at Larry's Wine & Spirits said the store may open on holiday weekends.
Stores Not Sure: