More Sunday trade restrictions to enter into force in Jan 2022

President Andrzej Duda signed the amendment to the act restricting trade on Sundays and public holidays. Its purpose is to tighten up the existing regulations so as to prevent shops from circumventing the ban, for example by offering postal services.

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The new regulations will enter into force on the first day of the month following the lapse of three months from the date of publication.

Currently, about 20 retail chains open shops on Sundays subject to the trading ban, mainly due to the possibility of operating in the form of post offices. According to the amendment, the opening of shops providing postal services on non-shopping Sundays will be possible only if the revenues from this activity exceed 40 percent of the branch’s revenue.

Furthermore, the amendment extends the list of exemptions from the trade ban to include facilities trading in, for example, consumables for agricultural machinery and tools for replacing spare parts in such vehicles. These points will also be able to operate on Sundays from June 1 to September 30.

In addition, the entrepreneur who runs the store will be able to benefit from free assistance, inter alia, of his spouse, children, siblings on non-shopping Sundays. They will not, however, be allowed to be employees or employed in a given commercial establishment.

The act restricting trade on Sundays has been in force since March 2018. Initially this did not apply to seven Sundays a year but since last year this now applies to all Sunday’s.

Apart from the Sunday trade ban amendment, Andrzej Duda signed acts amending the Budget Act for 2021 and the Act on Special Solutions for the Implementation of the Budget Act for 2021 and the Act on the Income of Local Government Units.