Royal Assent for relaxed Sunday trading

A Bill to relax Sunday trading laws was been given Royal Assent yesterday (Tuesday 1 May).

It means that shops with a “relevant floor area” of more than 280sq m will not be subject to current Sunday trading restrictions during the Olympic Games.

The relaxation will be in place for eight Sundays, from 22 July to 9 September.

Mark Prisk, business minister, said: “Retail workers will keep all their legal protections, such as the right to opt-out of Sunday working, but many will want to take the opportunity to work extra or different hours. I want employers to work with their staff so that we can all make the most of the Olympics.”

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