Ballots this past Election Day in 13 counties, cities and towns across South Carolina included referendums that allowed voters to choose whether their respective areas would allow bars and retail stores to sell alcohol on Sundays. And in all 13 regions, the respective measure passed.
Sunday sales of alcohol – whether on premise or at places such as gas stations and grocery stores – was already legal in 19 of the state’s 46 counties, with many municipalities already having approved such measures. (For example, all of Greenville County’s municipalities had approved Sunday sales, but unincorporated areas were left dry.) That changed Tuesday as the county was one region where voters approved such sales.
Also giving the thumbs up to Sunday suds were Spartanburg, Clarendon, Chester, Lee and Orangburg counties; the cities of Spartanburg, Lancaster, Gaffney, Easley and Hartsville; and the towns of Central and Greelyville. Where sales will be allowed in those areas on Sundays vary.
There’s been no word on when the new laws will go into effect for each respective area, but many new laws are put on the books beginning Jan. 1.