A long time ago, liquor stores in Utah were closed on Election Day — but that law was changed years ago.
But on Monday, rumors were swirling on social media to the contrary.
The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control clarified the misinformation, announcing on Twitter that all state-run stores will be open Nov. 3.
The majority of stores will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
However, 13 state-run stores returned to their pre-pandemic 10 p.m. closing time on Monday, DABC spokesman Terry Wood said in a news release.
Stores with the later closing time include the downtown Salt Lake City store at 205 W. 400 South, as well as the West Valley City stores at 3381 S. Redwood Road and 6262 S. 5600 West.
Stores in Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Millcreek, Riverton and Sandy now close at 10 p.m., as do stores in Layton, Syracuse, Harrisville, Ogden (on Pacific Avenue) and Pleasant Grove, the statement said.
In the early days of the pandemic, the DABC reduced store hours to help protect customers and staff, Wood said.
When additional staffing becomes available — hopefully in a few weeks — more stores will return to the later closing time.