The Chester County Council is one step from suspending the "blue laws" that once restricted businesses from operating on Sundays.
The council is expected to have a final reading on an ordinance lifting the restrictions on Dec. 6.
"They are a holdover from a different time," said R. Carlisle Roddey, county supervisor and chairman of the council. "No one is paying attention to them."
The laws restricted what types of businesses could be open on Sundays and their hours of operation. The Sunday opening time for merchants had been 1:30 p.m.
Businesses that sold food, tobacco, novelties, souvenirs and light bulbs were exempted. So were businesses such as funeral homes, utilities, custodial services, television stations and newspapers.
The council is expected to lift the ban to make Chester County businesses more competitive with businesses in surrounding counties and for the convenience of Chester County residents.
Another reason, Roddey said, is that most businesses are ignoring the law.
Provisions of the state law on working on Sunday will remain, however.
According to the state law and a new Chester ordinance, employees can refuse to work on Sunday during services at the church of their choice or the entire day if they are a "conscientious objector to Sunday work."
Employers cannot dismiss, demote, discriminate against or otherwise penalize employees who refuse to work on Sunday if they meet one of those criteria.