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Blue Law

A law intended to enforce religious morality. In general, blue laws refer to public observance of holy days through the restriction of commerce. While most blue laws in the United States have been repealed, many states restrict the sale of alcohol on Sunday, the Christian Sabbath. Other countries have similar restrictions on Jewish, Islamic and other holidays.
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blue laws

Laws that prevent the transaction of certain business on Sundays, prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages any day of the week; and/or place severe limitations on the manner and hours of sale of alcoholic beverages.These laws originated in colonial New England and were printed on blue paper. It is important to know and understand all local blue laws in a market area because,for example, many national restaurant chains will not open locations where Sunday liquor sales are prohibited.

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