Jersey Sunday trading law changes rejected

A move to relax restrictions on which shops can open on Sundays has been rejected by Jersey politicians.

Under current Sunday trading laws larger shops, those that cover an area of 700 sq m or more, are banned from opening.

Senator Alan Maclean, the Economic Development Minister, proposed the 18-month trial in a bid to restore the economy and give tourism a boost.

Many retailers opposed the move, which was heavily defeated by a 34-7 vote.

Gerald Voisin, representing retailers in the Chamber of Commerce, previously described the move as causing more problems than it solved.

The Jersey Consumer Council has warned that shoppers will continue to use the internet in preference to the high street if stores were not open when they had the time to buy things.

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