Sejm passes amendment to Sunday trading ban law

A legal loophole that allowed large shops to open on Sundays looks set to close after the Sejm, Poland’s lower house of parliament, tightened the country’s Sunday trading laws.

Shops, including some large chain stores, had managed to dodge Poland’s 2018 law prohibiting Sunday trading by offering postal services, which are permitted under the law.

But under the new legislation only stores that will be able to prove they deal mainly in postal services, and not retail, will be able to operate on Sundays.

Revenues from postal services will have to account for over 50 percent of the income of any given facility.

In the Sejm vote 272 MPs voted in favour of the amendment, 135 were against and 37 people abstained.