Cyprus Mail

Decree on shop opening hours extended

By unanimous vote, parliament on Thursday unanimously passed a law extending by two weeks the labour minister’s decree regulating shop opening hours.

The minister’s last decree would have expired on April 30 had no action been taken.

Under the previous system, the minister would issued decrees on an ad hoc basis. Since July 2013, this has allowed shops across Cyprus to operate on Sundays and extended hours during the rest of the week.

But in March opposition parties forced through a bill, stripping the minister of the power to issue decrees, and forcing the government to draft comprehensive ordinances, which require parliamentary approval.

The opposition says extended shop hours are to the detriment of small stores that cannot compete with large retail outfits.

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