South Carolina’s ban on Sunday liquor sales is outdated, unnecessary and causes confusion among visitors. The result is that the tourism industry, the state’s largest economic sector, struggles to keep up with our neighboring states. Many states in the Southeast have passed legislation allowing for Sunday liquor sales. For example, Georgia allows local communities to decide whether they want to allow Sunday liquor store sales via ballot initiative.
Under current South Carolina law, liquor can be purchased at restaurants on Sundays, but not from a store. Letting local communities decide for themselves whether or not to enable their local businesses to choose to be open on Sunday simply makes sense. It also allows South Carolina to better accommodates tourists and visitors.