Large household stores may not open on weekends in Latvia

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The Saeima on November 19 supported amendments previously adopted by the government, which prohibits large household and DIY stores, as well as those located in malls, from opening on weekends and holidays.

The government's decision has already been in effect since Saturday, November 14.

Malls shall be understood as buildings arranged for permanent and systematic trading of at least 10 000 square meters of total trading area or operated by at least 10 trading participants or service providers in separate trading venues.

Consequently, the amendments  mean that shops such as Jysk, Cenuklubs and others located in malls may not work on weekends.

Meanwhile, the operation of hygiene boutiques such as Drogas is permitted both in and outside malls.

Shops such as Depo, K-Senukai, Kurši, Ikea and others with a total trading area of more than 10 000 square meters may not work on holiday or weekends.

On the other hand, if their area is less than 10 000 square meters, their operation will be allowed. Shops with an area of less than 10 000 square meters shall not be restricted and may trade a wide and diverse range of goods.

On holidays and weekends, the following stores may work at shopping malls:

  • food shops (including specialized food shops, such as bakeries, confectionery etc.
  • pharmacies (including veterinary pharmacies),
  • optics stores,
  • pet food shops,
  • bookstores,
  • press trading sites,
  • hygiene boutiques,
  • telecommunications goods and services sites,
  • receival service of goods purchased online.
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