Store Opening Hours on Czech National Holiday – Day of the Establishment of the Independent Czechoslovak State

October 28th, a significant date on the Czech calendar, is celebrated as the Day of the Establishment of the Independent Czechoslovak State. This national holiday, aimed at commemorating the foundation of Czechoslovakia in 1918, holds historical and cultural importance for the Czech Republic. However, this holiday brings with it certain restrictions on store opening hours, particularly for larger retail establishments.

Here is a breakdown of how the law on business hours affects store opening hours on this national holiday:

Holidays with Sales Ban: Several holidays, including January 1st (Restoration Day of the Independent Czech State and New Year’s Day), Easter Monday, May 8th (Victory Day), July 5th (Cyril and Methodius Day), July 6th (Burning of Jan Hus), December 25th (Christmas Day), and December 26th (2nd Christmas Day), fall under the sales ban. This means that retail stores over 200 square meters must remain closed on these days.

Holidays with No Sales Ban: On certain holidays, there is no sales ban, and retail stores can remain open as usual. These holidays include Good Friday (a movable holiday), May 1st (Labor Day), September 28th (Czech Statehood Day), October 28th (Day of the Establishment of the Independent Czechoslovak State), and November 17th (Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day).

On October 28th, which is a holiday subject to the sales ban, large stores such as hypermarkets and supermarkets will be closed. Hobby stores and specific shopping centers will also not operate on this day.

However, there are exceptions to this rule. The law on business hours does not apply to stores with a sales area of up to 200 square meters. In addition, gas stations, pharmacies, stores in healthcare facilities, and stores in locations with a high concentration of travelers, such as airports and train stations, are exempt from the sales ban.

Wholesale stores, such as Makro, are also not subject to the sales ban and will operate under regular business hours, including delivery services. For those who prefer last-minute shopping, online stores are a convenient option to consider.

As the Czech Republic commemorates the establishment of Czechoslovakia on October 28th, President awards state honors, and traditional wreath-laying ceremonies occur across the nation. This year, the holiday falls on a Saturday, providing an opportunity for citizens to celebrate and reflect on their country’s history.

Article by Prague Forum

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