Since the law changed in 2004, off-premises sales are now allowed anywhere in the state, with local approval, after noon. The sale of alcohol is prohibited in most of Mississippi on Sundays.Also, the sale of liquor is not allowed at all in nearly half of the state's counties.Because grocery stores are not permitted to carry wine or liquor, the older law essentially meant that only beer and alcoholic malt beverages could be purchased at all on Sundays.
Exceptions were made in 1990 for municipalities that were within 10 miles of the New Hampshire or Vermont border.
Establishments within 200 feet of a church or school may obtain a beer and wine license.
North Dakota may have the strictest remaining blue law of the United States. In 1967, changes more clearly defined which businesses were exempt such as pharmacies, hospitals and restaurants.
Before this, cities and counties of sufficiently large populations such as most of Metro Atlanta already had Sunday alcohol sales at bars and restaurants, with local ordinances to abide by, such as having a certain amount of food sales in order to be opened and serve alcohol.
Exceptions were also made by the drink at festivals and large events.