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Sunday and Christmas trading

England and Wales
Under the Sunday Trading Act 1994, a “large shop” (floor area of 280 square metres) may not open on Sunday for the serving of retail customers except during any continuous period of six hours on a Sunday beginning no earlier than 10 am and ending no later than 6 pm. It may not open when the Sunday is Easter.

This restriction  does not apply to:
* any shop occupied by persons observing the Jewish Sabbath who have given due notice to the local authority
* any shop which is at a farm and where the trade or business carried on consists wholly or mainly of the sale of produce from that farm
* any shop where the trade or business carried on consists wholly or mainly of the sale of alcohol
* any shop where the trade or business carried on consists wholly or mainly of the sale of any one or more of motor supplies and accessories and cycle supplies and accessories
* any shop which is a registered pharmacy, and is not open for the retail sale of any goods other than medicinal and vetinerary products and medical and surgical appliances
* any shop at a designated airport which is situated in passenger accessible areas
* any shop in a railway station
* any shop at a service area within the meaning of the Highways Act 1980
* any petrol filling station
* any shop which is not open for the retail sale of any goods other than food, stores or other necessaries required by any person for a vessel or aircraft on its arrival at, or immediately before its departure from, a port, harbour or airport
* any stand used for the retail sale of goods during the course of an exhibition.
Christmas Day: a large shop may not open on Christmas Day (Christmas Day (Trading) Act 2004).

Northern Ireland
Opening hours are more limited for larger stores, usually between 1pm and 6pm (Sunday Trading (Northern Ireland) Order 1997).

Scotland
There are no legal restrictions on Sunday trading.



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