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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 an article in 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Are Massachusetts' blue laws outdated?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.

B Springer November 15, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Martha Creedon - I wish Patch had a "Like" button so I could like your suggestion. I plan to spend my Friday after Thanksgiving on your #1-8! No shopping for me!
Hoaratio Cane November 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I think that the laws should stay in place and that more stringent laws should be added to other states as well. Yes I enjoy the connivence of being able to shop on Sunday or on a given non major holiday, but if the banks are closed, so too should the shops be closed.
Martha Creedon November 16, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Well, just in case anyone is so inclined, here is one organization's approach: http://massjwj.net/news/where-will-you-be-black-friday I just like that we're even talking about this and am grateful that I have a choice that day.
YiayiaOnline November 16, 2012 at 03:40 AM
There is no longer a need for a governmental intrusion to make church going possible without the distraction of shopping. Most people who wish to go to church will go, the rest of us will not go anyway,
Nathan November 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Yes, most stores should close Thanksgiving. No, the government shouldn't be dictating that they have to. The LAW part of this is outdated!

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