Enforcement of Sunday trading rules temporarily relaxed by Wakefield Council
Council has decided it will not enforce the usual rules on Sunday trading in
the district – so that food shopping hours can be extended during the
Coronavirus pandemic to allow key workers easier access at weekends.
retailers such as supermarkets are allowed to trade on Sundays for just six
hours, normally between 10am and 6pm.
to the pandemic the Council has taken a decision to suspend, for the time being,
the usual rules for large food businesses so that retailers can trade between
8am and 6pm and will not face a fine or prosecution if they do so.
only exception will be on Easter Sunday (April 12) when the usual rules will
apply and stores must not open at all, as it is recognised as a special day of
religious significance in the Christian calendar.
Council is discussing its change of approach with retailers, including
reminding them that employee’s rights must be observed on Sundays.
Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty,
said: “We’ve taken this action to support shoppers and business owners in our
district during these difficult times.
changes will give people, including our amazing key workers, more opportunity to
do the necessary shopping and to purchase other essential items on Sunday. It
will help to spread out the number of customers visiting supermarkets at any
one time and to maintain the two metre social distancing rule.
new measures will also help retailers to manage their businesses, by giving them
more time to re-stock shelves and plan their weekend deliveries.”
Council is working hard to support residents and businesses during the global
has information on its website about other forms of business support at https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-%E2%80%93-help-for-businesses
including help with cash-flow problems, tax liabilities, account managers they
can talk to and advice on managing staff during these difficult times or please
Council’s Step-Up service is also still offering a telephone service for
residents. Step-Up can provide advice for anyone in the district whether
self-employed, furloughed or unemployed to find work, improve their skills or
make a career change. To contact the team call 01924 303334.