Shops will be allowed to open freely except for Good Friday and Christmas Day.
The General Retailers and Traders Union (GRTU) today said that shops are free to open for business on Freedom Day and almost every other public holiday this year and next year, without needing to pay the €700 fee.
The GRTU explained that the government accepted its request to allow shops to open without needing to pay the special licence of €700.
Shop owners are now free to decide whether or not to open on 8 April (Easter Sunday), 1 May, 7 June, 29 June, 8 September and 21 September. The only exceptions are Good Friday and Santa Marija (15 August). Shops may also open on public holidays next year, including 10 February.