New regulation in Hungary took effect on March 15 that essentially bans Sunday shopping, with few exceptions. The law also limits regular store hours to 6am to 10pm. “Exceptions include pharmacies, small shops operated by their owners or family members and stores located in hospitals, prisons, petrol stations, airports and bus and train stations.” Shops will be permitted to open four Sundays before Christmas and one Sunday a year of their own choosing.
Spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said “Hungarians are going to get used to it very quickly.”
Sunday closing laws are designed to lay the foundation for more advanced Sunday laws, such as Sunday rest and Sunday worship laws.