Today is a trading Sunday and there is no trade ban. This means that all stores can be opened. We will have to wait a long time for the next Sunday without the trade ban – it will not be out until December.
From 2020, the trade ban will not apply only on seven Sundays a year. This year, all stores will be able to open on the next two Sundays before Christmas – December 12 and 19.
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The act on the Sunday trading ban provides for a catalog of 32 exemptions. The prohibition does not apply, among others in pastry shops, ice cream parlors, liquid fuel stations, flower shops, newspaper shops or coffee shops.
For breaking the Sunday trading ban, the risk is from PLN 1,000 to PLN 100,000. PLN fine, and in the case of persistent violation of the Act – the penalty of restriction of liberty.
Masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn at all open retail outlets. Stores are required to provide customers with disposable gloves and hand disinfectants when shopping. In retail outlets, there is also a limit of people – one person per 10 sq m.
No trade on Sundays – the networks announce opening
Lidl announced this week that will open some stores on non-trading Sundays. This will take place from September 5 “in connection with the development of postal services” – it was announced in the press release.
On the other hand Carrefour Polska has signed a framework cooperation agreement with PointPackwhich offers IT solutions supporting sending and receiving parcels. Does this mean that the stores belonging to the chain will also be open on non-trading Sundays? This is not known yet.
Earlier, Pointpack informed, inter alia, on signing a cooperation agreement with Żabka Polska and Poczta Polska, as well as an agreement with General Logistics System Poland and Eurocash.
Some stores are also opened by Biedronka on Sundays subject to trade restrictions. At the beginning of July, it was announced about the contract concluded by Jeronimo Martins Polska with Poczta Polska. It is a test extension of cooperation, consisting in the possibility of collecting parcels directly in Biedronka stores. “For this reason, on non-trading Sundays, we can shop in some of the stores belonging to the chain” – said.
In recent days, in turn, Kaufland decided to open stores on non-trading Sundays. The branches will be open from Sunday, September 5.
At the end of 2020, almost half a hundred Stokrotka Express stores established cooperation with the DHL Parcel courier company. In March 2021, the Intermarche network also announced that some of its branches will be opened on Sundays and will provide postal services. Polomarket has joined the group of networks open on the last day of the week.
In November 2019, Eurocash Group announced that Abc stores can implement postal services in their facilities. Postal services are also provided in Delikatesy Centrum, Lewiatan or Euro Sklep.
On Sundays subject to the trade ban, not only smaller and larger grocery stores are opened, but also also DIY stores.
Sunday trading ban – PiS project
Law and Justice MPs demand changes to the regulations. Therefore, he was brought to the Sejm draft act amending the act on the restriction of trade on Sundays and public holidays and on certain other days. The draft was sent to the first reading in the Parliamentary Committee on Social Policy and Family. The proposed solutions were prepared by a group of PiS MPs, the representatives of the applicants are MP Janusz Śniadek.
One of the proposed changes consists in stipulating that the exemption from the trade ban may be used by postal points of contact, the main activity of which consists in the provision of postal services, and not all postal points of contact – as it results from the currently applicable law.
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