Sunday trading ban lifted for today

By introducing an extra day the authorities are hoping to spread the numbers of shoppers over the Christmas period. Pictured parking of one of the shopping malls in Warsaw on Sunday. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Poland has lifted its Sunday trading ban for December 6 to reduce crowding during the pre-Christmas shopping period.

A legal amendment to this effect was signed by President Andrzej Duda on Friday.

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.