All general shops must remain closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said on Wednesday.
In addition, on Good Friday and Saturday shops should close by 6pm.
“As regards employees of specialty shops, which will be called to work on the aforementioned days, they must be paid double for every hour they put in,” the minister’s announcement said. “This is applicable to everyone”.
Last month’s Supreme court ruling that the 2006 law on shop hours law was unconstitutional led to confusion as to when shops should remain closed on Sundays.
Following a number of court rulings and disagreements between the government and opposition parties, as to whether the legislative body had the right to decide on issues like shop hours, the old law from 2006 regulating shops’ working hours was triggered, which did not allow them to work on Sundays. The 2006 law came into force on January 1, 2016.
But in the ruling of an appeal filed by C.A. Papaellinas Ltd against a fine imposed by the government for opening its Alpha Mega supermarket on a Sunday, the Nicosia District court said the 2006 law was unconstitutional, thus leaving the issue completely unregulated.
The head of small shopkeepers union POVEK Stefanos Koursaris told the Cyprus Mail that the court only ruled as unconstitutional one article of the specific law, but in any case, there is another law regulating shop hours on holidays.
Toward that end, POVEK, had earlier in the day issued an announcement urging President Nicos Anastasiades and the Archbishop to step in and make sure that shops remain closed on Easter Sunday and Monday.