If the bill approved by parliament gains the approval of President Andrzej Duda, the trade calendar in December will change. The amendment prepared by the MPs was related to the fact that Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year and, in accordance with the current regulations, trade could be conducted on that day in larger chains.
On Thursday, the Parliament completed work on amending the Act on restricting trade on Sundays and holidays and on certain other days. The act was prepared by the MPs of Poland 2050-TD.
Trading Sundays in December – calendar
According to the current regulations, trading hours were to be on Sundays, December 17 and 24, but on Christmas Eve, stores were to be open only until 2 p.m.
As a result of the changes proposed in the act voted by the Sejm and adopted without amendments by the Senate, the Sunday falling on December 24 will be a trading ban, while the next two Sundays preceding Christmas Eve – December 10 and 17 – will be commercial Sundays.
Here’s what the trading calendar is expected to look like in December 2023 after these changes:
Trading ban on Sundays
The regulations gradually introducing the Sunday trading ban entered into force on March 1, 2018. From 2020, the trading ban does not apply on seven Sundays a year: the last Sundays of January, April, June and August, as well as on the Sunday before Easter and on two subsequent Sundays. preceding Christmas.
The act provides for a catalog of 32 exclusions. The trade ban does not include, among others: postal activity, if the revenues from this activity constitute at least 40 percent. revenues from the sale of a given facility. Moreover, it does not apply to confectioneries, ice cream parlors, liquid fuel stations, flower shops, newsagents or cafes.
The penalty for breaking the Sunday trading ban is PLN 1,000 to PLN 100,000. PLN fine, and in case of persistent violation of the regulations – penalty of restriction of liberty.
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