Law allows liquor stores to remain open one extra day

Law only impacts alcohol retailers in years when Christmas falls on a Sunday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Because of a provision in the economic development law Governor Baker signed this week, package stores can be open the day after Christmas, even if Christmas falls on a Sunday. But it’s not expected to have a huge impact.

The state had previously prohibited the sale of alcohol on December 26th, which is referred to as “Boxing Day,” when Christmas fell on a Sunday. The last time Christmas fell on a Sunday was 2011, but lawmakers suspended the ban that year.

Bertelli’s Liquors owner Mike Passerini told 22News he’s not sure this will have a big impact on sales. “The day after Christmas in this business should be a day of rest and getting ready for New Years,” Passerini said. “I don’t think we’re going to have a lot of sales the day after Christmas. Everybody the day after is lounging around, and it’s normally a slower day.”

Passerini also told 22news that Bertelli’s Liquors has their busiest days on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve. Since Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, liquor stores will be open the day afterwards.

Comments are closed.