Christmas Eve trading ban. The government accepted the project

The government has adopted a draft amendment introducing a trading ban on Christmas Eve, which falls on Sunday this year.

At the same time, this year the new trading Sunday will be December 10 and trading will take place until 2 p.m., the Government Information Center (CIR) reports.

‘The government is proposing that Christmas Eve, which this year falls on Sunday 24 December, should be a trading ban day. This solution is justified by the special time of Christmas and family gatherings of Poles. At the same time, the so-called “Shopping Sunday will be introduced on December 10”, we read in the announcement.

It was clarified that Sunday, December 24, 2023 will be a day on which a ban applies to trading, carrying out trade-related activities, entrusting work in trade to an employee or employee and carrying out trade-related activities.

This solution arises from the fact that in 2023 one of the two trading Sundays prior to Christmas Day falls on December 24, namely Christmas Eve. However, the proposed regulation assumes that trading on this day will be limited to 2 p.m. – i.e. the same as on December 24, 2023, in accordance with applicable regulations.

No more Sunday trading

There are seven trading Sundays in 2023. Based on the currently applicable regulations, the trading ban does not apply on the last Sundays of January, April, June and August, the Sunday before Easter and the two subsequent Sundays before Christmas (plus trading up to 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve).

On March 1, 2018, the law gradually introduced the Sunday trading ban. From 2020, the trading ban will no longer apply on seven Sundays a year: the last Sundays of January, April, June and August, as well as on the Sunday before Easter and on two subsequent Sundays before Christmas.

Source: Do Rzeczy