TELL US: Should Mass. Blue Laws Be Eliminated?

Blue laws prohibit retailers from opening before midnight on Black Friday.

Black Friday is starting earlier than ever, as some national retailers have announced they will open the night of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. However, here in Massachusetts, state blue laws prohibit stores from opening until midnight, according to a report by the Boston Globe. 

Current blue laws prohibit retailers in the state from opening on Thanksgiving, thus preventing them from getting an early start on Black Friday sales, according to the Globe article. Some exceptions are restaurants, health care facilities and gas stations. 

The laws, instituted in the 17th century, are intended to make sure holidays are properly observed, according to the Boston Globe. 

Are Massachusetts' blue laws outdated? Should they be eliminated? Tell us in the comments section below.

GiRRL_Earth November 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I also agree.
GiRRL_Earth November 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
GiRRL_Earth November 20, 2012 at 05:52 PM
That's a good point. Why bother when everything is open 24/7. I work for a large private firm and the only time we close is when the stock market is closed. Otherwise, we are open for business. At the rate we are headed, there will be no such thing as a "holiday".
GiRRL_Earth November 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM
@Richard I too remember during the 70s and 80s when pretty much everything was closed on Sundays. It was nice. I wish we could go back to that.
GiRRL_Earth November 20, 2012 at 05:55 PM
What's with Avon's straw man arguments? Talk about taking this topic off course. :-|


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