Originally Posted by catharina
Truly, I've never heard of NOT shopping on
Sundays until I read this thread.
Is this for real???
Absolutely, I remember as a kind growing up in both Ireland and later England that shops did not commonly open on Sundays except for some small newsagents and convenience stores. That is only going back slightly over 20 years or so, indeed even the UK which is regularly castigated as a den of naughty Protestants here at times had laws disallowing many businesses from opening on Sundays. Even when the relevant laws concerning that in the UK were partially overturned in 1994 the compromise still only allows shops to open 6 hours a day. Although many smaller shops run by non-Christians tend to ignore this as in practise it is hard to enforce the restriction. In fact most of the UK has tighter laws in many respects than the Republic of Ireland where you will often find larger chains of supermarkets with stores open 24 hours a day on Sunday. There is legistlation in Irish law to prevent that but it is mostly ignored and inoperative these days. Although in the north which is under British rule opening hours are actually more restricted than anywhere else in the UK due to the level of influence Churches and ecclestical communities have there (which is not the case nowadays anywhere else in the UK) and shops may open a maximum of 5 hours for the most part. Pubs were not allowed to open at all there on Sundays at all until the late 1980s.
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