Select Stores to Open for Business on Good Friday
The Provincial Government announced on Monday that an amendment has been made to the Shops’ Closing Regulations to allow select stores to open for business on Good Friday, providing customers more time to shop in advance of Easter Sunday.
As a result of the amendment, stores that are not exempt under the Regulations, but are deemed by order of the Chief Medical Officer of Health as services essential to the life, health or personal safety of individuals and animals, will be provided the option to open for business on Good Friday. These stores are not required to open on Good Friday, but will have the option to do so if they wish.
The Department of Advanced Education, Skill and Labour is responsible for the Shops’ Closing Act and Regulations which set the observance of holidays and requires all businesses, other than those defined as exempt by regulation, to be closed on specified holidays. Under section 4 of the Act, Good Friday is listed as a public holiday.