Opening hours bar set higher for games

By Jamie White

Sunday, April 29, 2012


SHOULD larger shops on the Island be able to stay open for longer during this summer’s London Olympics?

That’s the question posed by Island MP Andrew Turner after the government announced plans to allow all shops to open longer on Sundays, throughout the games. The chancellor, George Osborne, proposed the measure during last month’s Budget.

The proposal, which would mean shops open for six more hours, would mean Sunday trading laws being suspended for eight weeks, beginning on July 22. The government says it is pushing for the move to boost sales during the Olympics.

Mr Turner said: "My view is large shops across the country should not be allowed to stay open longer on Sundays, although I accept there is a case for it in and around the Olympic Park.

"The games will attract large numbers of tourists and some will undoubtedly visit other places while they are in the UK — indeed I hope many will come to the Island.

"I think this should be seen as an opportunity for smaller shops and businesses to benefit. They are already allowed to stay open for longer on Sundays.

"I hope Islanders will let me know their views."



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by Warren Copland

1st May 2012, at 09:35:24

Totally agree Mrs James and Mr Elliott, although a further suggestion would be to open and close later. But I agree, I don't like being forced to go to the supermarket before 4pm.

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by Jay James

29th April 2012, at 21:03:17

I really don't think it's necessary for shops to stay open longer on a Sunday just because the Olympics are on. People will not be eating or drinking any more than what they normally do. Think of the poor people that have to work in these places and for the people that live near these shops.

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by Terry Dalley

29th April 2012, at 19:41:34

Mrs James & Mr Elliott
You have said it all all I can say is DITTO DITTO DITTO.

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by jan hickman

29th April 2012, at 13:43:08

When i was younger, family time was important , sundays didnt mean a religious time, but when dad was home from work and we could spend time, if shops are open all the time and people have to work, this time is further compromised for todays family. The olympics and tourism is essential to the islands economy and while i agree cafes might benefit from being open, to encourage teas out maybe, life isnt all about spending many its about spending time, a line needs to be drawn somewhere so some free time is available to all...

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by Mr Elliott

29th April 2012, at 10:55:28

Scrap the Sunday Trading Act completely. The fact that faith based restrictions are imposed on us all in the first place is what bothers me.

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