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North Dakota Blue Law / Sunday Opening Law

By on November 30, 2012

All North Dakota retailers must observe a current state law that restricts the types of goods and services that can be sold on a Sunday. The law has been in effect since North Dakota was admitted as a state and has remained unchanged since 1991.

In February 1991, the state legislation approved to lessen the restrictions of the Sunday opening law, also known as a blue law, allowing most businesses to operate on Sundays, but no earlier than Noon. Prior to this, most businesses had to remain closed from Midnight on Sunday until Midnight on Monday.

1967 had seen the first big change to the law, partially in response to major controversary in the aftermath of the March 1966 Blizzard. The changes better defined which businesses were exempt from the law, which included restaurants, pharmacies, hotels, hospitals, telephone and transportation services, ice manufacturing, tourist attractions, and public performances.

Even with the lifted restrictions, there are still some businesses that cannot operate on Sundays, including car dealerships.


3 Comments

  1. Jacque Kreusch

    December 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    This law is quite rediculous and even offensive to me personally. I am Seventh Day Adventist and I do not see stores and the like closing for MY religious beliefs (We observe the Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday). The way I look at it………everyone is free to choose his or her religion and the extent to which they choose to observe it. And since the LAW says most places are not allowed to operate during certain hours, it seems to me they are taking away some of our religious rights (or the right NOT to observe beliefs and be able to shop)!!!!!!

  2. Laura

    April 14, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Observing the Sabath, is not religous repression. We the people of the United States of America, were founded on the belief of Our Father in Heaven and Jesus, His son dying for our sins, the least we can do is Honor Him by following his words and observing His day of rest. It could have been a Friday that we rested
    , but I’m sure you would have complained about that also. But the beauty of it is, is that you are free to complain, and we are all entitled to our own opinion.
    I am quite sure, a new car is not a necessity. May God bless and keep you safe.

    have.complained.thatthat too.

  3. Dennis

    April 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    As if we’re doing God a favor. lol.
    Sometimes cynicism is the only way to truth.

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