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Opening hours

Should opening hours be restricted?

What are opening hours?

Definition

They are the hours on a day by day basis of which a organisation is open for visitors or customers.

Wider Definition

  • Is advertising part of the shopping experience
  • What about on-line shops?
  • What is a shop, are small shops having the same restriction as big shops
  • What does Sunday mean? When its Sunday in Japan, its Monday in New Zealand

The case for restricting opening hours

What's wrong with longer opening hours?

  • The workers may not want to work those hours.
    Workers who don't want to work hours can get other jobs where they are not required to work them, but why stop workers who want to work those hours.
  • This breaks traditions
    Most traditions had to start somewhere, and this will be a new tradition
  • Sunday is special for relationships
    People can still shop on-line and you can spend time with people in the mall. Even when going out with people you still consume an ice cream, or a meal, or put petrol in the car. All this requires workers.
  • It is anti Christian to open on Sunday
    How? Not all Christians agree and those Christians that do are not the only people in society why should everybody change their lifestyle for them
  • Longer opening hours will hurt small shops
    Potentially, but is the small shop model the best given the fact they need a subsidy, are shoppers there for the shops, or the shops there for the shoppers?
  • This is a class issue, rich will get richer
    Nonsense, the extra hours will give the rich more time to spend money and the poor more time to earn money transferring wealth. Shops that benefit like Tesco are owned by pension funds, pensioners are some of the poorest.
  • Workers will end up working 7 days a week
    The law can be constructed to give protections against workers being overworked
  • This is profit over principle
    Yes there is profit, which is bad because...? But which principle is being overruled?
  • People who are not forced to work Sundays and late nights want hours liberalised
    Those people are quite often forced to work mon-Fri, 9-5
  • This is not good for the economy, people don't have more money to spend because opening hours are longer
    Yes they do, those that were unemployed but now working will earn money, and company will have money as they only have to pay extra wages, not building or insurance costs etc.
  • Other workers would have to adjust, like extra public transport to get people to the shops.
    Yes

Extra opening hours are good

  • Extra opening hours means less unemployment.
  • Extra opening hours utilise resources better
  • Extra opening hours raise more taxes (income and VAT)
  • People want extra shopping hours, if they didn't it wouldn't be worth shops opening those hours.
  • Opening more hours would spread the traffic on the roads and public transport, making them better.
  • All day opening on a Sunday will enable people to have the ability to go shopping prior or after a family day or been to church etc. At the moment the times clash.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and after hours are the best time to shop.

Restricting opening hours is futile

  • In the U.K the restriction applies to shops of a certain size. Shops who wish to get around the rules will simply adjust shop sizes to fit within the exceptions.
  • It also means shops are less competitive with other countries.
  • Nowadays people lead flexible lives, the shopping hours inevitably will become more flexible
  • Why should someone's shopping habits be dictated by someone else?
  • When will people be able to shop in today's busy world when the shops are shut?
  • "Keep Sunday Special" = "Keep Sunday Medieval"

The case against restricting opening hours

Consistency

  • Why is it that factory workers accept they have to work shifts, but unions are against shop workers working those shifts.
  • What about shop owners and shoppers, does their opinion not count? Or is it only some workers opinions that count.
  • Why is retail special, we still expect electricity, gas, newspaper delivery, bars and clubs, TV, prisons, petrol stations, doctors, water, public transport etc.etc
  • There is no off button for twitter, facebook, google etc, why should there be an off button for trading hours.
  • Spain and the US has later opening hours, but is more religious than the U.K
  • Life is 24/7, why not shopping?
  • Shouldn't opening hours just be one more freedom, like freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to work.
  • In North London, where the Jewish-run shops voluntarily close on Saturdays. No-one is stopping shops closing on Sunday.
  • How would churches feel if they were told to close on Sunday?
Why don't the following open on a sunday?
  • Banks
  • Govenment offices
  • Post office
  • All council offices/ services
  • Schools

Motives

Unions tend to object to longer opening hours, but they aren't elected so how much should their opinion count.
Why do unions so blatantly disadvantage their members by not giving them the choice to work longer on Sundays

At the moment retailers are forced to close. With deregulation no-one will be forced to do anything. There is nothing in deregulation that forces anybody.

Allowing unregulated opening hours is consistent with separation of church and state.
 

Responsibility

Will those calling for restricted shopping hours compensate businesses for lost earning and shoppers for lost opportunities to shop?

Alternatives

  • Rather than restrict evening shopping hours and days weekly, why not just have one special day a month for doing so.
  • Let shops open longer hours if they pay an hourly tax, or hight pay to do so.
  • This should be decided on a very local level, not national level

What next?

Reference

Sources


In the U.K the Sunday Trading Act 1994 states that shops over 280 square metres in England and Wales are restricted to any six hours of continuous trading between 10:00 and 18:00 on Sundays. 
They cannot open at all on Easter Sunday.

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