Changes to Sunday trading times in Denbighshire to help NHS staff and other key workers

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar has welcomed news that Denbighshire County Council will be following Conwy County Council’s lead in introducing a temporary change to the Sunday trading enforcement regime amid the Covid-19 pandemic to help NHS staff and other key workers.   

Due to existing trading laws shoppers are unable to pay for goods in supermarkets until 10am on a Sunday.  

Last month Darren wrote to the First Minister calling for these Sunday trading restrictions to be lifted to enable doctors, nurses and all other essential workers to purchase goods in supermarket before this time.

Two weeks ago, Conwy County Council introduced a temporary change to the Sunday trading enforcement regime, providing retailers the choice to be flexible with their opening hours to meet the needs of those battling the virus on the frontlines.   

Darren called for Denbighshire County Council to follow suit and this week received confirmation that all 21 supermarkets in the county have been contacted and informed that they are able to trade between 8am and 10am for the vulnerable and key workers and everyone else from 10am onwards.

Darren said:

“This is great news and I thank Denbighshire County Council for allowing this flexibility to supermarkets.

“We need to be doing all we can to support our NHS staff and other key workers in these extremely challenging times and enabling them to shop during these two hours before the supermarkets are open to the general public will not only reduce the risk of them contracting the virus, but will also be much more convenient for them”.