Citizens fight to change ‘Dry Sunday’ liquor law

Posted on: 3:03 pm, July 26, 2013, by , updated on: 06:14pm, July 26, 2013

ENID, Okla. -  A group of citizens in Garfield County are fighting to make some changes to the local liquor laws.

Currently, you can only buy or sell beer on Sundays with a 3.2 percent alcohol content.

Mark Stuber said, “We’ve got a lot of visitors who come into town and are not familiar with the law and when they sit down, it’s a little embarrassing.”

The proposed “Liquor by the Drink” law would allow licensed businesses to sell and serve any alcoholic drink on Sundays between 10 a.m. and midnight.

Some support the change, while others are concerned about the toll it would take on their community.

“I think it will help the businesses,” said Kay Long. “I really do. I don’t think anyone will abuse it.”

Linda Washburn said, “I just don’t think they need it on Sunday. That should be time with their families and time with their kids. Alcohol doesn’t need to be involved.”

The new law would also open up Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day for alcohol sales.

However, it would keep the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays dry.

Stuber said, “I don’t think it’s our county’s responsibility to tell us what we can and can’t drink on a Sunday.”

Garfield County will vote on the law this October.

To donate to the Garfield Advocates for Progress campaign, visit the group’s Facebook page.