Olympics bring longer Sunday shopping hours to UK

BY foxsports • July 22, 2012

The Olympics are bringing longer Sunday shopping hours to England.

Britain's government says restrictions on Sunday trading hours will be lifted during the games to maximize the economic benefit that the Olympics will bring to the country.

Currently, British law stipulates that shops larger than 280 square meters (3,000 square feet) can only open for six hours between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. But Treasury chief George Osborne said many of the biggest Olympic events will be on a Sunday and he didn't want millions of visitors to be turned away from closed shops.

The relaxation of the rules will only be for eight Sundays until the end of the Paralympic Games on Sept. 9.

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