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28th August 1994 The Sunday trading laws changed

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1994 The Sunday trading laws changed

England and Wales changed to the Sunday Trading Act. All shops would now be free to trade in all types of goods. Size of the shop dictated how many hours it could open for. Small shops under 280 Square metres can remain open all day. Larger Shops over 280sq m restricted to 6 hours of trading between the hours of 10 am to 6 pm. East Sunday shops have to remain close and Christmas Day. Waitrose House of Fraser M&S were chains that opened before they had not traded on a Sunday.
Employees were protected if they choose not to work on Sundays under this Act. Fines at the time were £50000 if shops failed to abide by the rules.
Previously it had been known to use the 1950 Shops Act.

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