The South Australian Government has announced exemptions allowing all storesto trade on Australia Day, regardless of their size or location.

Paul Zahra, Australian Retail Association (ARA) CEO, welcomed the exemptions,stating they are a boost for suburban retailers and consumers can now shoplocally on 26 January.

“This gives consumers the option to shop locally, close to their homes –something that would normally be off limits on public holidays.

“Whilst we welcome the exemptions for Australia Day, it once again highlightsthe need for long-lasting reform to the state’s trading hours regime.”

Hon. Rob Lucas, South Australian Treasurer, said he granted the specialexemptions so that if shoppers want to shop, traders want to trade, andworkers want to work they should have the opportunity to do so in their localcommunity.

“With Omicron prevalent in the community, this decision will assist socialdistancing and also allow families to shop close to their homes without havingto travel.”

Tagged: Australia Day, Trading

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