Would you open your boutique for more than 6 hours on a Sunday if allowed? Sunday Trading Laws could soon change in the UK.
The Sunday Trading Act 1994 governs the sale of goods from retail premises. This Act restricts certain large shops from opening for sale to a maximum of 6 hours between 10am and 6pm. A large shop is a retail shop with an internal sales area of at least 280 square metres (approximately 3,000 square feet). This does not include the area taken up by storerooms, staff facilities and external displays.
Sunday trading rules for large shops in England and Wales:
Covid-19 has hugely impacted the high-street with non-essential retail being forced to close for 3 months.
On 23 April 2020, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, Alok Sharma, Business Secretary, told the Commons Business Select Committee that he was considering allowing longer shop opening hours on Sundays to assist constituents for a period of one year. The precedent being the temporary changes introduced at the time of the London Olympic Games in 2012. However, there is opposition to this idea, from Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) and Bira (British Independent Retail Association).