Gov't closes Sunday closure law loopholes

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The Hungarian government decided not to add any more exceptions to the restrictions on Sunday business hours, government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács said after a cabinet meeting late yesterday.

Kovács (pictured) said that the government currently sees no reason to expand the list of exceptions already contained by the law, therefore the government is drafting a decree that will prohibit exceptions based on tourist demand, shopping habits, employee numbers and the peculiarities of some residential areas.

Under legislation approved late last year, most large retailers will be required to close on Sundays as of mid-March. Shops under 200 sqm and family-run stores will be exempted from the rule, Hungarian news agency MTI said.

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