Sunday trading laws could be suspended across England

3032588 img 2095

The government is mulling a year-long suspension of Sunday trading restrictions across England in a bid to boost the economy.

The move is being considered alongside a raft of measures to help boost local economies across the country, which have been laid low by the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime minister Boris Johnson, chief adviser Dominic Cummings, chancellor Rishi Sunak and business secretary Alok Sharma are all understood to support the measure, according to The Times.

Current Sunday trading laws limit shops with retail space over 280 square metres to a maximum of six hours of trading – under new legislation larger supermarkets would be able to open for longer.

Subscription content

Please sign in now if you have a subscription or are already registered with us.

Retail Week

Register for free to continue reading provides premium, in-depth intelligence that helps retailers judge risks, spot opportunities and identify what they need to do to win in the digital economy.

Register today for a taste of our high-quality intelligence and enjoy:

  • Two free article views per calendar month on
  • Detailed analysis of current trends and events 
  • Exclusive newsletters
  • In-depth reports, videos, interviews and much more

Discover Retail Week register now

Please note, if you have recently purchased a subscription, it may take a few minutes before your account is updated.