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Sunday trading

Restrictions on opening times on Sundays are now confined to ‘large shops’ (defined under the Act as those having an internal sales area of over 280sq.m). The critical consideration is the floor area definition, which is clarified as meaning the part of the shop within a building that is used for display of goods and customer services.
It is no longer a requirement for ‘large shops’ to register their opening hours with the Council. However, they are restricted to six continuous hours of trading on a Sunday which must be between the hours of 10am and 6pm.

Large shops are required to remain closed on Easter Sunday (and on Christmas Day when it falls on a Sunday).

The Sunday Trading Act 1994 also includes specific measures to protect the rights of shop workers who do not wish to work on Sunday.
Apart from the restrictions mentioned above, it is left to individual owners to determine their opening hours in the light of customer demand.