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Sunday trading

What is the law on shop opening hours on a Sunday?

The Sunday Trading Act 1994 the limits shop opening hours as follows:

  • Small shops (under 280 sq m/3,000 sq ft) - no restrictions on opening
  • Large shops (over 280 sq m/3,000 sq ft) 
    • Monday to Saturday - no restrictions
    • Sunday - opening for 6 hours only, between 10am and 6pm
    • Easter Sunday - closed
    • Christmas Day - closed

Large shops in England and Wales no longer have to give prior written notification to the council of their Sunday opening hours or change in these hours.

There are now no restrictions on the sale of methylated spirits between 10pm on Saturday and 8am on the following Monday.

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