Trading ban on Sundays from 2018

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In accordance with the new law of January 10, 2018 on the restriction of trade on Sundays and public holidays and on some other days, we will make most of the purchases from Monday to Saturday. From when will trading on Sundays be banned? It is worth knowing that it will only be limited for now, but ultimately in 2020 the ban is to apply almost all Sundays. Below are the days when stores will be closed in 2018. Importantly, the ban on trading on Sundays does not apply to all stores, as you can read about in the article.

Trading ban on Sundays in 2018

The act prohibits trading for 23 Sundays in 2018. Shops will only be open on the first and last Sunday of each month. The trade ban on Sunday will take effect on March 1, 2018.

Attention!

The trade ban on Sunday will take effect on March 1, 2018, and the first Sunday, when the stores are closed, will be March 11, 2018.

Sunday trading ban - when will the stores be closed?

Shops will be closed on the following Sundays in 2018:

Month

Day of the month

March

11

18

April

1 (Easter)

8

15

22

May

13

20 (Pentecost)

June

10

17

July

8

15

22

August

12

19

September

9

16

23

October

14

21

November

11 (Independence Day)

18

December

9

Ban on trading on Sundays in subsequent years

2018 is a turning point for the new law, but it is worth noting that in the coming years it will be more stringent. In 2019, purchases will only be possible on the last Sunday of the month. In 2020, however, the trade ban will apply almost every Sunday. The exception will be seven Sundays a year, when the shopping traffic will be increased. Specifically, it will be 3 Sundays before Christmas, as well as the last Sundays in January, April, June and August.

The ban on Sunday trading does not apply to all stores

Importantly, there is a list of stores that will not be affected by the act. Among them, we can distinguish, among others:

  • shops at bus and train stations, as well as at airports and liquid fuel stations, sea and river ports;

  • ice cream parlors;

  • bakeries, confectioneries and florists, if this activity predominates in a given store;

  • shops selling flowers, bouquets and candles at cemeteries;

  • funeral parlors;

  • shops operating in the garrisons;

  • pharmacies and pharmacy outlets, as well as pharmaceutical wholesalers;

  • post offices;

  • shops where catering activities predominate;

  • commercial outlets in hotel establishments;

  • shops in penitentiary units;

  • commercial establishments dominated by activities in the field of culture, sports, education, leisure and tourism;

  • commercial establishments dominated by the trade in souvenirs, gifts and devotional items;

  • commercial establishments dominated by trade in the press, public transport tickets, coupons for games of chance and mutual wagering, and tobacco products;

  • commercial outlets in critical infrastructure facilities;

  • agricultural markets and commercial outlets operating with spare parts and agricultural machinery;

  • animal health care facilities;

  • 24/7 commercial establishments in health care facilities and other health care facilities.

The ban will also not apply to e-shops, as long as the trading is automated. Other stores can be opened as long as the seller is the owner of the store.

What kind of non-compliance with the prohibition?

Entrepreneurs who will not comply with the new act may be fined up to PLN 100,000.

What else is the law about?

The act passed by the Seym not only specifies non-trading Sundays, but also limits the opening hours of shops, e.g. on March 31 (Good Friday) shops will be open only until 2 p.m.

What will be the consequences of the law banning trading on Sundays? It will probably cause increased traffic in shops on Saturdays. Will sales volumes drop and unemployment increase due to the Sunday trading ban? We will find out about it soon.