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Do you want shops to open on Easter Sunday?

Waikato District Council wants to know what you think about shops being open on Easter Sunday.

Due to a recent change in legislation councils can now develop a policy that will allow shops to open on Easter Sunday. At the moment shops can’t open on Easter Sunday unless they meet strict criteria.

“We want to know what people think,” says General Manager Strategy and Support, Tony Whittaker. “Is this something our communities want?”

If developed, the policy would allow shops in the Waikato district to open but it would not be able to specify any criteria or restrictions, such as types of shops, hours or purposes.

“We are asking people to tell us what they think by 31 October. We’ll be out talking to our businesses as well as visiting local market days to find out what people think. People can also go online to provide their feedback.  

“If our communities tell us they want shops to be open on Easter Sunday, we will develop a draft policy. We’ll then give our communities an opportunity to provide feedback before it’s adopted in time for Easter 2017.”

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For more information please contact:

Sheryl Flay
Senior Communications Advisor
Waikato District Council
07 824 8633