None round here

A whole lot of shops were apparently caught breaking silly Easter trading laws. None would have been around  Havelock North…the place was like a tomb yesterday.

Twenty-two shops across the country have been caught flouting the Good Friday Easter trading laws, according to the Labour Department.

The breaches come in the wake of a new poll which shows opinion is split on whether stores should be allowed to trade over the Easter weekend.

The Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal Act 1990 specifies most shops must close on Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and until 1pm on ANZAC Day.

There are exemptions to the Act,  with dairies and service stations allowed to sell essential items and pharmacies able to trade as usual.

Shops providing a service, like hairdressers, can open but can not sell any products, while garden centres are only allowed to be open on Easter Sunday.

If a shop does not fall into one of the exemptions under the Act then it is an offence to open and trade during these days. The owner or the occupier of the shop may be prosecuted and fined.

Of the 38 shops visited by labour inspectors today, 22 were open, the Department said.

I think the laws are silly and need to be repealed. I’d love to see the busybodies at the Labour Department try and prosecute a halal butcher shop for opening on Easter.

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