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Can you buy beer in Ohio on Sundays?

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Alcohol laws in Ohio do allow beer to be sold on Sundays. However, counties and local jurisdictions are authorized to adopt stricter rules and regulations.

In 1974, the Ohio Legislature repealed laws prohibiting the sale of liquor on Sundays and created special license categories for liquor sales. Even so, Ohio's statutes distinguish between beer, wine and intoxicating liquor and did not apply to beer prior to the change in statutes. These types of laws are known as "Blue Laws," and have historically restricted various activities on Sundays, from selling liquor to hunting.

Current Ohio statutes limit the sale of liquor between certain hours, however. Distilled spirits are not to be sold between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. for consumption on premises, for example, in a bar. For off-premises consumption, liquor stores can only sell liquor 5:30 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. However, on Sundays, a special Sunday license is required for both on-premises and off-premises consumption, and the hours are slightly more limited. Additionally, obtaining a Sunday license requires local elections to be held authorizing the issuance of such licenses. The process is outlined in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4301, Section 4301.351, and these elections are held at the municipal or township level of government.

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