Easing Easter trading rules on the cards
South Waikato shops may soon join Christ in coming back to life on Easter Sunday.
The South Waikato District Council is set to undertake public consultation on relaxing current Easter trading regulations.
Current policy only permits service stations, dairies, cafes, restaurants, and garden centres to open but Government legislative changes to the Shop Trading Hours Act in August 2016 means the council can now decide whether or not to allow all businesses to open without penalty.
While the idea was dismissed by the council last year, it’s now set to gauge public opinion over a three week period in late October, early November.
Planning manager Alan Moss said there were a number of options available to the council.
‘‘There is a general consensus in the community that Easter Sunday may well be a day that could be opened for trade, there is a shift towards this,’’ he said.
‘‘The council may choose to just not have the Easter Trading Policy, in other words retain the status quo, adopt a policy that includes all areas of the district, or develop a policy that defines specific areas like Leith Pl or maybe Tirau’s town centre.’’