Belfast City Council will not enforce Sunday Trading hours in the run up to Christmas

20th November 2020

PLACE AND ECONOMY DEPARTMENT

 

Your Reference  AR/AS

Date:  20th November, 2020

 

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

 

SUNDAY OPENING COVID – 19

 

Belfast City Council has received representation from retailers and their representatives in the City, requesting that we do not enforce Sunday Trading hours in the run up to Christmas.  This is with a view to enhancing capacity during those days stores are allowed to open with regard to current Covid-related legislation and regulation.

To this end, it has been agreed that Belfast City Council will not carry out enforcement action against large retail shops (in excess of 280m²), should they choose to open or deliver on a Sunday from 10am onwards (until 6pm).   This will apply to all retail units across the City.  This arrangement is temporary and will be in place from Sunday, 22nd November and those Sundays where shops are allowed to open until Sunday, 10th January. There is no change to smaller retail shops (under 280m²), which can continue to trade up to 24 hours.

 

Yours sincerely,

ALISTAIR REID,

STRATEGIC DIRECTOR OF PLACE AND ECONOMY