A law, also called a 'blue law,' which prohibits the performance of labor or a business, occupation, sport, or amusement enterprise on Sunday.
The statute of 29 Charles II, c. 7, 1676, seems to have laid the foundation for the Sunday observance laws of England and of those in this country. It provided in its first section that -- 'No tradesman, artificer, workman, labourer, or other person whatsoever shall do or exercise any worldly labour, business or work of their ordinary callings, upon the Lord's Day, or any part thereof (works of necessity and charity only excepted).'
In 27 Am. & Eng. Encyc. of Law, 389, it is said that -- 'At common law judicial proceedings only were prohibited on Sunday. A person was not prohibited from doing his ordinary labor on Sunday, and the making of contracts was lawful.'
In 37 Cyc. 545, it is also said that -- 'At common law all business other than judicial proceedings could be lawfully transacted on Sunday.'
In Frolich on the Law of Motion Pictures and the Theater, p. 391, it is said: 'Sunday was not a dies non under the common law, and all regulations respecting ...