Lockdown shop trading hours to return to previous Christmas trading hours

Extended trade relating to the lockdown has been cancelled, with previous plans returning for Black Friday, pre-Christmas trade, Boxing Day, and Proclamation Day.

The 8-day State Government exemption for supermarkets and other essential stores, including pharmacies, across suburban Adelaide to trade extended hours to promote physical distancing will be revoked, following today’s announcement that new COVID-19 restrictions would be eased from Sunday.

Treasurer Rob Lucas said the exemption, under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977, was set to apply for 8 days from Wednesday 25 November to Wednesday 2 December (inclusive) – based on expert public health advice.

It would have allowed 24-hour trade on weekdays and longer trading on weekends for essential stores.

However, Treasurer Lucas said that the exemption would now be revoked given today’s announcement by the State Coordinator that restrictions would be eased in coming days.

“We have always acted according to public health advice, and SA Health supported this extended trade as a way of promoting physical distancing – considered one of the best ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Mr Lucas.

“Now that restrictions are set to ease, we are simply returning to the arrangements previously announced for the Christmas trading period.

“Clearly, we are still encouraging all South Australians to practice physical distancing when they shop.”

Mr Lucas said extended trade across the city and suburbs for Black Friday (November 27) will go ahead as planned, allowing shops to trade an extra 3 hours until midnight – for the unofficial start of the holiday season.

Also, extended pre-Christmas trade will begin on Sunday November 29, with shops able to open their doors 2 hours early at 9am.

Black Friday (November 27):

Non-exempt shops in the CBD and suburbs are exempt between the hours of 9:00pm and 12 midnight on Friday, 27 November 2020.

Pre-Christmas trade

Non-exempt shops in the CBD and suburbs are exempt between the hours of

• 9:00am and 11am on Sundays, 29 November, 6 December, 13 December, 20 December, and 27 December 2020;

• 9:00pm and 12 midnight on Thursday 17 December, Friday 18 December and Wednesday 23 December; and

• 5:00pm and 6pm on Saturday 19 December and Sunday 20 December

Boxing Day – Saturday, December 26

Non-exempt shops in the suburbs are exempt between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

(Under the Act, all shops in the CBD are already allowed to open on Boxing Day when it falls on a Saturday until 5pm).

Proclamation Day public holiday – Monday, December 28

Non-exempt shops within the CBD can open 2 hours earlier from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Non-exempt shops across the suburbs can now trade between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

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