Campaign Against Longer Sunday Opening Hours

Belfast City Council are consulting on whether to use legislation to designate Belfast as a ‘holiday resort’. The consultation lasts until 2 April 2018.

Designating Belfast as a ‘holiday resort’ would mean that large stores would be able to open at any time on a Sunday for up to 18 Sundays (other than Easter Sunday) between 1 March and 30 September.

Why is that bad?
  • More and more large stores would open on Sundays, meaning that more shopworkers would have to work longer hours.
  • This would mean that shopworkers and their families and friends would struggle to spend time together.
  • Large stores would out compete small, local shops who can currently open longer than large ones. These shops often play an important role in local communities.
  • These points would mean that there would be a negative impact on local communities, with fewer local facilities available and shopworkers unable to take part in social, sporting or religious activities.
  • If Belfast decides to do this, there will be pressure on other areas for large stores to open longer meaning that the problem will spread.


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