Commercial centres in Orihuela and Torrevieja limited to 40 Sundays and fiesta days per year
The Valencian Parliament approved on Wednesday a modification to the Commerce Law which limits opening on Sundays and fiesta days in Tourist Influx Zones (ZGAT) to 40 per year. In he Vega Baja this directly affects Orihuela Costa, Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada, which until now could open every Sunday of the year.
They will now have 40 of these days between the Sundays and fiesta days at Easter and between June 15th and the first Sunday in January, when the sales start.
As a result, commercial centres like Zenia Boulevard and Habaneras will have limited opening on Sundays and fiesta days between February and June. Big stores will have to close in this way, it is expected, from Sunday, February 25th.
It should be noted that small businesses can still open every day of the year.
The modification to the law was promoted by the Socialist (PSOE) and Compromís parties, and allowed to pass with the abstentions of Podemos and Ciudadanos, and was voted against by the Partido Popular (PP).
Valencia Councillor for Commerce Rafael Climent said he was pleased to have approved this agreement that was reached by an observatory of business and workers organisations in December.
“We have put an end to more than 25 years of controversy over the opening of shops on weekends and fiestas and now at last we can concentrate on the problems of this sector which is deeply rooted and fundamental to our economy,” he said.