Easter Sunday Trading

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Under the legislation you cannot open for business on Easter if you are classed as a 'large shop'.

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Under the legislation you cannot open for business on Easter if you are classed as a ‘large shop’ (more than 280 square metres). Excluded from that relevant area are parts of the premises used neither for the serving of customers nor for the display of goods. 

Small shops can open and choose their opening hours. 

There are no restrictions on Sunday trading hours in Scotland.

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