First Sunday Of Liquor Sales Go Into Effect In Oklahoma County

Sunday, March 8th 2020, 11:45 pm
By: Hunter McKee

For the first time, residents across seven Oklahoma counties can purchase liquor on a Sunday. 

The new law went into effect after Tuesday’s vote allowed liquor stores to stay open throughout the weekend.

“Very exciting moment. It's historic and we’re welcoming it,” Byron’s Liquor Warehouse general manager Blake Cody said.  “People have spoken. They wanted to have liquor available to them on Sundays and we are answering the call.”

Oklahoma County residents passed the measure with 71 percent of the vote.

While the measure has been approved by the county, not every liquor store will sell their products on Sundays.  Selling liquor will be the owner’s decision.  

“I always work Monday through Friday, so Sunday is cool,” Tina Hendrix said.  “You get one day that you can sit and relax. If it means that you can come on Sundays, then that's a good thing.”

Sunday stores are allowed to be open from noon until midnight. 

Cody said Byron’s plan is to close at 6 p.m. 

“This is what's happening around the U.S. right now,” Cody said.  “You've seen a lot of states, we've had similar blue laws go and allow open up Sunday sales to allow retail stores to be competitive in the market in today's retail setting.”

Karen Rowe said she and her husband were keeping a close eye on the votes coming in and was excited to hear that the vote had passed.

“The next day he was looking up the election results and looked up the numbers so it passed and it was super exciting and I’m proud of Oklahoma,” Rowe said.