Hungary’s Fidesz-KDNP-controlled parliament passed a law on Monday requiring most shops to remain closed on Sundays. The law was sponsored by the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) and comes into force next March 15. From then on, electronic, specialized and convenience stores whose floor area exceeds 400 square meters are to remain closed on Sundays. Sundays in December will be exempt from the law. Affected store owners may choose one additional Sunday each year to remain open.
The law does not apply to pharmacies, airport and train station shops, gas stations or stadium buffets. Or major Fidesz supporters, like CBA, a Hungarian-owned chain of grocery stores, few of which are situated in shopping malls and all of which are under 400 sqm.