New Italian Government to Ban Sunday Shopping by End of 2018


The ban would take aim at large commercial centers and shopping malls.

The following article was published by Reuters.

New Italian government plans to curb Sunday shopping: Di Maio

The new Italian government will introduce a ban on Sunday shopping in large commercial centers before the end of the year as it seeks to defend family traditions, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday.

In a bid to spur economic growth, the then Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti liberalized Sunday trading in 2012, despite pressure from the Roman Catholic Church and unions who said the country needed to keep its traditional day of rest.

“This liberalization is in fact destroying Italian families,” said Di Maio, who is head of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement. “We need to start limiting opening and closing times again,” he told reporters. Continue reading at Reuters

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