Retail trading to be banned on ANZAC Day

Premier Chris Minns. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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The State Government will introduce new trading restrictions on ANZAC Day, starting from next year.

Currently, retail traders such as supermarkets and fashion retailers are required to stay closed until 1pm under the Retail Trading Act. The change will see them remain closed until midnight.

The restrictions do not apply to small businesses and business not considered retailers or with exemptions such as markets, cafes, chemists, newsagencies and takeaway restaurants.

These businesses will continue to remain open the entire day.

“For Australians, no occasion could be more solemn or significant than ANZAC Day,” said NSW Premier Chris Minns.

“As of next year, New South Wales will extend our retail trading restrictions across ANZAC Day, to make sure our veterans are recognised and free to take part in services throughout the day.

“It might be inconvenient for a few hours, but closing our biggest corporate shops for a single day is a small price to pay for living in a free and open democracy.”

A review into ANZAC Day trading restrictions commenced last year and a public consultation period ran from September to October.

A majority of submissions supported full-day restrictions including support from veterans, veterans’ organisations and members of the public.

“ANZAC Day is a national day of commemoration for the community to come together and acknowledge the sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in defence of our nation and our way of life,” Veterans Minister David Harris said.

“Extending trading restrictions on ANZAC Day ensures that the sanctity of remembrance is given the status it deserves.”

Troy Dodds

Troy Dodds is the Weekender's Managing Editor and Breaking News Reporter. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia's leading media organisations. In 2023, he was named Editor of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards.

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