Polish parliament to discuss banning Sunday shopping

Sunday shopping

A draft bill has been sent to the Polish lower house of parliament to ban shopping on Sundays, in an attempt to increase revenues.

Finance Minister Paweł Szałamacha said on Monday that: “For a start it would be best to ban trading only on the first Sunday of the month and observe the effects over two years.”

The draft bill was submitted by several groups, including the Solidarity trade union. The groups managed to gather the 100,000 signatures required for parliament to consider the proposal.

The bill plans to prevent shops opening on Sundays, though it allows multiple exceptions including petrol stations, bakeries, newsagents, some small shops and all shops at railway stations and airports.

The unions behind the bill claimed that the restrictions would increase overall shop turnover as people would stockpile more goods.

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