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Supermarkets: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL2839, tabled on 23 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to relax temporarily Sunday trading hours to prevent overcrowding and allow key workers to purchase shopping at supermarkets.

Answered on

3 April 2020

Supermarkets have developed a range of approaches to accommodate key workers and address overcrowding, within the existing statutory framework. The Government is also temporarily relaxing competition law to allow the retailers to share information and collaborate over the management of supplies and opening hours. The Government is speaking to retailers regularly to ensure supply to key workers and others is maintained.