The trade sector within the Croatian Employers Association (HUP) has said that banning work on Sundays was not an appropriate measure to fight the coronavirus epidemic.
The association is calling on the government to allow shops to work on Sundays and holidays and to discontinue the disinfection break now in force.
In a letter sent on Saturday to the ministries of economy and the interior, the sector said that the ban caused more customers to shop on other days of the week and did not apply equally to other sectors such as personal services or the restaurant and bar industry.
Operating hours for shops can and should be regulated exclusively by the Commerce Act and not by civil protection bodies such as the coronavirus crisis management team and public health experts, they said.
It also notes that not working on Sundays and holidays could lead to more lay-offs due to the reduced number of working hours.
Unions, meanwhile, have welcomed the decision by the COVID-19 crisis response team to ban shopping on Sundays and asked the government to send to parliament amendments to the Commerce Act under fast-track procedure so they could be adopted before the upcoming parliamentary elections.
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