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Sunday trading

Restrictions on opening times on Sundays are confined to large shops.

A large shop is defined under the Sunday Trading Act 1994 as having an internal sales area of over 280sq.m or 3000 sq. feet.

The internal sales area means the part of the shop within a building that is used for display of goods and customer services. 

Large shops may:

  • Open for 6 hours of trading on a Sunday which must be between the hours of 10.00 to 18.00

Large shops must:

  • Provide a sign visible both internally and externally specifying the times of trading
  • Remain closed on Christmas Day when it falls on a Sunday

Small shops (under 280sq.m) are not covered by these restrictions and can open freely.

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