I was reading through my city's municipal code and came across this tidit (Cleveland Heights Ord. 701.01):
701.01 TRANSACTION OF BUSINESS ON SUNDAY; EXCEPTIONS.
(a) No person, firm or corporation shall engage in common labor or permit a building or place to be open for transaction of business, or require a person in his employ or under his control to engage in common labor or to open a building or place for the transaction of business on Sunday. In prosecutions under this section, complaints shall be made within ten (10) days after a violation.
(b) This section does not apply to work of necessity or charity, and does not extend to persons who conscientiously observe the seventh day of the week as the sabbath, and abstain thereon from doing things prohibited on Sunday.
(c) This section shall not apply to:
(1) Traveling or the providing of services and commodities incidental thereto;
(2) Recreation, sports, amusements, entertainment or exhibitions or the providing of services and commodities incidental thereto;
(3) Fairs held under the authority of the State or a political subdivision, or independent fairs, or the providing of services and commodities incidental thereto;
(4) The operation of publicly owned places of entertainment, recreation or education, by a public officer, concessionaire, exhibitor or employees of all or any of them, or any other person, or the providing of services and commodities incidental thereto.
I can't possibly be reading this right... by my reading just about every business in the city with the exception of gas stations and possibly restaurants is violating the law by being open both Saturday and Sunday (you can't tell me that Home Depot and Wal-Mart, for example, falls into any of the exceptions of paragraph (c), and I'm pretty sure my HOA's contracted landscaper works on both Saturdays and Sundays)
And even if I were reading it right, wouldn't the enforcement of this section be a borderline violation of the affected person or entity's first ammendment rights ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." -- by requiring "persons [to] conscientiously observe [Sunday or] the seventh day of the week as the sabbath, and abstain thereon from doing things prohibited...". Further, but more strained "...or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."; while commercial speech may be regulatated more than non-commercial speech, couldn't it be argued that this is an impermissible regulation?)