SHOP CLOSING HOURS

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AUSTRIA
SHOP CLOSING HOURS
LADENSCHLUSS

New regulations have been in force since 1 January 1997: shops may open for 66 hours a week, between 0600 and 1930 hrs on Monday to Friday and until 1700 hrs on Saturdays. Family businesses (a self-employed person plus not more than two other family members) may open for 80 hours a week: between 0500 and 20000 hrs, Monday to Saturday. In accordance with local needs, these hours may be regulated to start earlier in the morning and end later in the evening by Land government order. Sunday opening is permitted only by order of the Land Governor. Under the Act on Rest Periods (Arbeitsruhegesetz), for every Saturday they work shopworkers are entitled to a Saturday off (see working hours/working time: breaks and rest periods).


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