Cyprus Mail

Extended opening hours for three more months

The cabinet on Wednesday renewed a decree that extended shop opening hours across the island despite claims that it was harming small businesses.

The new decree will run until the end of August.

Shops may remain open from Monday to Saturday from 5am until 10pm or 11pm depending on the district they are in. On Sundays, all shops may open at 10.30am and close at 7.30pm

In Famagusta’s tourist areas, shops can remain open from 7am to 11pm on Sunday.

Small businesses argue that the liberalisation of opening hours has been catastrophic for them.

In a letter to President Nicos Anastasiades, they described the extended hours as unjustified and asked for a meeting to discuss the matter.

“We are absolutely certain that seeing the empty shops in the capital (Nicosia) and the other areas, and knowing that small and medium businesses are the backbone of our economy, you will respond to our call immediately,” they said.

They claim that the new regime only served the interests of large businesses.

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