President lifts trading ban for Sunday Dec. 6

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Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed a legal amendment permitting retail trade on Sunday, December 6, the president's office announced on Friday.

The additional day of trading is intended to reduce crowding during the pre-Christmas shopping period. Under existing Sunday trading laws, there is no barrier to trade on the two Sundays prior to Christmas, which this year fall on December 13 and 20.

By introducing an extra day the authorities are hoping to spread the numbers of shoppers over the Christmas period, while also allowing sanitary restrictions to be observed, and giving retailers a boost.

Under current guidelines, the number of shoppers in shopping centres is capped at one per 15 square metres, and the covering of nose and mouth is mandatory.