Jersey

Jersey club owner urges Easter opening review

A Jersey nightclub club owner has repeated calls to relax Good Friday opening laws.

Martin Sayers of Mimosa said business was lost over the Easter period because of what he claims are the island's outdated trading laws.

Acall by the Jersey Nightclubs Association (JNA) in 2009to allow clubs to open on Good Friday had led to nothing, he said.

No-one was available for comment from the States of Jersey.

On Good Friday nightclubs are not allowed to open, while hotels can open their bars and entertain.

Mr Sayers, a former member of the now defunct JNA, said the rules based on religious grounds, were "inconsistent" and called for a review.

He said: "How can you allow some businesses to open on Good Friday such as pubs and restaurants, and nightclubs can't?

"If it's a religious law, it should be applied across the board."

Pastor Dan Ellis of St Matthew's Church, said it was important days of Christian significance were observed.

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