March 11 - first Sunday with most shops closed

March 11 is the first Sunday on which most shops are closed in Poland after a law restricting Sunday trading came into effect on March 1.

Under the new legislation, as of March 2018, shopping will only be allowed on the first and last Sunday of the month.  

As of January 1, 2019, this will be further reduced to one, the last Sunday of the month.

As of January 1, 2020, the ban will be total, except for seven specific Sundays of the year. Poles will be able to shop on the last two Sundays before Christmas, the one before Easter, as well as on the last Sundays of January, April, June and August.

In addition, shopping on Christmas Eve and on the Saturday immediately preceding Easter will only be permitted until 2 p.m.

Under the law, certain establishments, for instance flower shops, bakeries, cake stores and ice-cream parlours, will be exempt from the ban. Trade will also be allowed in railway and airport stores, in duty-free zones, on public transport, in wholesale agricultural markets, and at entities which buy farming products (from cereals to milk) from farmers.

Franchise shops, on the other hand, are subject to the Sunday restrictions, unless their owners conduct business "on their own behalf and for their own benefit." Small stores run by families and individual owners will also be allowed to operate on Sundays, if staffed by their owners themselves.  

Those who violate the restrictions will face fines of between PLN 1,000 and PLN 100,000 (between ca. EUR 240 and EUR 24,000), while the most persistent offenders may even be sentenced to prison.