Stores closed as Poland phases out Sunday shopping
PR dla Zagranicy
Poles wake up to a day without shopping on Sunday after new rules limiting retail took effect earlier this month. March 11 marks the first Sunday on which trading is banned.
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Under the new rules, which were signed into law by the country’s president in late January, Poland will see a gradual ban on Sunday shopping introduced for most retail outlets nationwide.
This year, trading will be banned on two Sundays each month.
The ban will be stepped up to three Sundays a month in 2019, while in 2020 trading will be prohibited on all Sundays except seven, including those in the run-up to Christmas and Easter.
Retailers will be able to do business on Sundays as long as they serve customers themselves.
Anyone infringing the new regulations faces a fine of up to PLN 100,000 (EUR 23,900, USD 29,250). Repeat offenders may face a prison sentence.
The ban does not apply to outlets such as online stores, fuel stations, airports, bakeries, pharmacies and flower shops.