CHAPTER 184 - FAIR TRADE PRACTICE IN RELATION TO BARBER SHOPS IN THE CITY OF WILMINGTON

AN ACT TO PROMOTE FAIR TRADE PRACTICE IN REFERENCE TO BARBER SHOPS IN THE CITY OF WILMINGTON, PROVIDING FOR THE CLOSING OF SAID SHOPS ON CERTAIN DAYS, AND LIMITING THE HOURS DURING WHICH SAID SHOPS MAY BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That it shall be unlawful to advertise prices for barbering on the outside of any building in which a barber shop is located, or in the window or on the door of any barber shop or any other place adjacent thereto, where it may be readily seen 'from the outside, or to advertise prices in any periodical, magazine or newspaper.

Section 2. That it shall be unlawful to open or conduct any business of barbering on Sunday, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas Day. On any working day preceding any of said days, the hours for the conduct of the business of barbering shall be from 8:00 A. M. to 8:00 P. M.; providing, however, that the Board of Examiners of Barbers may, upon the written application of the proprietor of any barber shop, and upon proof that the barber service to the public so requires it and upon the payment of a special permit fee of One Hundred Dollars to the said Board, issue a special permit to such proprietor for the operation of any particular barber shop at such times outside of and beyond the days and hours in this Section fixed and designated, not to exceed one month, with power to renew the same from month to month, upon a like payment for each and every such renewal.

All monies received by the said Board for such special permits shall be used by the said Board for the enforcement of this Act.

Section 3. That on all Sundays and holidays as above mentioned, the shades or curtains of any barber shop shall be so adjusted that a complete view of the interior may be obtained from the outside. On other days, other than Sundays and holidays as aforesaid, the shades or curtains of any barber shop shall be lowered entirely at 7:00 P. M., except on Saturdays and days immediately preceding said holidays, when the shades or curtains shall be lowered entirely at 8:00 P. M. The provisions of this Section as to time for opening and closing refer to Eastern Standard Time, except during those periods when so-called Daylight Saving Time is in common use in the City of Wilmington, when the time herein stated shall refer to and be computed according to said Daylight Saving Time.

Section 4. That in order to cover the extra cost of the enforcement of this Act, each and every proprietor of any barber shop in the City of Wilmington aforesaid, shall pay, in addition to any other fee or charge now required by law, the sum of Two Dollars, to the said Board of Examiners of Barbers, within thirty days after the approval of this Act, and annually thereafter.

Section 5. That any person violating or refusing to comply with any of the provisions of this Act, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof by any Court of competent jurisdiction shall be punished by a fine of not less than Twenty-five Dollars and not exceeding One Hundred Dollars or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the Court.

Section 6. That this Act shall apply to only such barber shops as are situated within the corporate limits of the City of Wilmington, Delaware.

Section 7. That any Act or part of any Act inconsistent with any of the provisions of this Act be and the same is hereby modified only to the extent of such inconsistency.

Approved April 8, 1937.