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State law permitting earlier liquor sales on Sundays takes effect

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia retail liquor licensees are now permitted to sell to patrons as early as 6 a.m. on Sundays.

This change is a result of the passage of Senate Bill 2020, which was introduced on June 24, 2021. The bill alters the timeframe retail liquor licensees may sell liquor, which was previously set for 1 p.m. on Sundays. It officially took effect on Sept. 22, 90 days after its passage.

This change in the permitted timeframe of liquor sales is not the first to be made in West Virginia. Gig Robinson, Education/PIO for the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, said prior to March 3, 2019, no liquor sales were permitted on Sundays.

An exception to the new law is Easter and Christmas Day, as well as between the hours of 12-6 a.m. During these times and holidays, retail licensees are not permitted to sell liquor with the exception of wine and fortified wines, according to the senate bill.

In June of 2019, Senate Bill 561 took effect, also known as the “Brunch Bill.” This permitted some restaurants to serve alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays.  Beer sales are also still permitted beginning at 6 a.m. on Sundays.

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