Sunday trade ban to cover only two Sundays per month – media

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According to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, the government wants to impose the Sunday trade ban starting from next year, with two Sundays per month when stores will be allowed to remain open. In 2019, that number would be further limited to only one Sunday each month. “I proposed two Sundays because it seemed to me to be a kind of golden remedy with the well-established habits of Poles. But if we will decide to increase this number to three, I would not oppose,” Labor Minister Elżbieta Rafalska said.

According to the daily, this is an attempt to reach a compromise between some labor unions which demand that the ban would cover all Sundays (besides seven per year next to major holidays such as Christmas), and employers who propose giving employees at least two free Sundays per month, without restricting the trade.

The bill which was promised by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) during the parliamentary campaign, undertook many changes since the elections. At first, it was supposed to cover all Sundays and affect most shops, including even those at gas stations. Since then, the government has gradually eased the restrictions, however, the draft bill is yet to be presented.

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