Coalition backs closing large stores on state holidays after ANO climb-down


The coalition government has given its backing to a Senate bill limiting working hours on state holidays. The chairman of the Christian Democrats’ deputies club, Jiří Mihol, said the parties had reached agreement on the matter at a coalition council meeting on Monday. Government party ANO had previously expressed opposition to the change under which retail outlets with floor space exceeding 200 square metres would have to close on New Year’s Day, Easter Monday and five other state holidays. The Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism has come out against the plan, saying it should be up to retailers when to open.