Latvian Gov't Considers Closing Down Shopping Malls for Weekends
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Limiting the open hours of shopping malls for weekends is not only a matter of economy or survival for smaller traders, but also a very wide socially-important issue said Minister of Agriculture Didzis Šmits in an interview with Latvijas Radio.
He said the Ministry of Agriculture's work on a legislative draft for the closure of large shopping malls on Sundays continues, and the minister's advisor for legal affairs is also working on the initial redaction of the project, reported the Baltic News Agency.
Šmits stressed that this is not an initiative to support small traders, as talks about restricting shopping malls happened before.
He mentioned the main goal of the legislative draft is giving smaller traders some space and diversify the trade sector. At the same time, there is the social aspect, specifically work during holidays.
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