Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Blue Laws ; Long Outdated

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Blue Laws ; Long Outdated

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A century ago, oldstyle blue laws were designed to keep the Sabbath pious. Shopping, drinking, sports and most other entertainments were banned on the Lords Day. But Sunday restrictions gradually have disappeared across America. Only a few remain.

Just two Sabbath laws still prevail in West Virginia - and both will be on ballots in various counties in the November general election.

First is the "brunch bill" allowing clubs and restaurants to begin selling alcohol at 10 a.m. Sunday, instead of the current starting time of 1 p.m. The 2016 Legislature let local governments decide whether to permit three extra hours of Sunday restaurant drinking. (Store sales remain taboo.)

Charleston and South Charleston quickly approved earlier hours for restaurants. …

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