Sunday is for prayer, not for shopping, says Polish government


Central Europe


Shopping or not shopping on Sunday; that's the question. Poland wants Sunday as a day of rest. Photo EPA, Marcin Bednarski

The Polish government is organising a roundtable with trade industry representatives about the Sunday closure.

That is reported by Businessinsider. Especially Marlena Maląg, the Minister of Family, stresses that the Sunday, as the most important day of the week, is for family and prayer, and not for spending in the store.

Since 2018, Poland has a ban on Sunday trading, writes Notes from Poland. This legislation was introduced by the governing national-conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS). This ban was supported by the Solidarity trade union and the Roman Catholic Church.

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The restrictions contain some exceptions that are exploited by retail chains. Earlier this year, the government closed such a loophole that allowed stores to remain open if they offered postal services because the legislation rules that post offices can be open. Other shops are open with self-service cash facilities. One of the largest discount chains in Poland, Biedronka, recently opened on Sundays by offering an in-store reading club or medical facility.

The Family minister underlined that all businesses should comply with the Sunday trading ban this week. The roundtable is expected to take place early next year.

Traditionally, Catholic countries are less strict in their Sunday rest legislation than countries with a Protestant tradition. Although Poland is still 90 per cent Catholic, after the collapse of Communism in 1990, the country is seeking a new identity.



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