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Sunday trading laws relaxed in Swansea to help key workers

Swansea Council is relaxing Sunday trading laws to help give key workers and vulnerable people more time to get essential goods.

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Under existing laws, shops above a certain size are restricted to six hours trading time on Sundays.

The Council's Trading Standards has written to a large number of stores in the city to confirm it would not be enforcing current trading laws during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

It means shops affected by the restrictions can choose how long they open from Sunday (5 April).

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment & Infrastructure Management, said "This will benefit key workers such as NHS workers who may be working long hours on Sundays and need more flexibility to be able to go and purchase the things they need."

"Large stores in the city have already imposed their own shopping restrictions to help manage social distancing within their premises. This is leading to people waiting longer periods of time to get into the shops as well.

"It makes sense for us to give these stores some flexibility so they can trade longer on a Sunday if they wish."

The plans to relax restrictions to do not include stores separate alcohol license conditions and shops will still need to observe these.

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