Sunday, August 28, 2022 – are large stores and shopping malls open or closed?

August 28, 2022 is a Sunday without a trade ban – this is the fifth such case in 2022. Therefore, larger stores will be open, and full operation will also include shopping malls.

In 2022 – as in 2021 – there are seven commercial Sundays. Until now, the ban did not apply during the last Sunday in January, April, June and the Sunday preceding Easter. There will be only two more trading Sundays until the end of this year. The exceptions will be: two consecutive Sundays before Christmas.

The next trading Sunday will fall on December 11.


Ban on trading on Sundays

The act introducing a gradual ban on Sunday trading entered into force on March 1, 2018. From 2020, the trading ban does not apply only on seven Sundays a year: the last Sundays in January, April, June and August, as well as on the Sunday before Easter and two subsequent ones Sundays before Christmas.

The act also provides for a catalog of 32 exemptions. The ban on trading on Sundays does not include, inter alia, postal activity, if the revenues from this activity constitute at least 40% sales revenues of a given facility. In addition, it does not apply to pastry shops, ice cream parlors, liquid fuel stations, flower shops, newspaper shops or coffee shops.

For breaking the Sunday trading ban, the risk is from PLN 1,000 to PLN 100,000. PLN fine, and in the case of persistent violation of the Act – the penalty of restriction of liberty.

From the beginning of February, changes to the Sunday trading ban have been in force, the purpose of which is to tighten up the regulations that have been in force so far. After the amendment comes into force, it is possible to open shops on non-trading Sundays, which also provide postal services, if the revenues from this activity exceed 40 percent of the revenues of a given branch. Pursuant to the ordinance of the Ministry of Finance, sales records are to be kept separately for each commercial outlet, even if the entrepreneur has several such outlets.

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