Our Council has proposed that the Easter Sunday Trading Policy be retained, following a review and public consultation. Our Council approved the Easter Trading Policy on 6 March 2017 which allows shops to trade on Easter Sunday throughout the Thames-Coromandel District. This policy was due for review and it is proposed that the ability to trade on Easter Sunday is retained. A decision will be made on 26 October 2021. This policy does not force any retailers to open but provides for those who do want to trade on Easter Sunday to be able to do so and is at the discretion of the individual business owners. Our Council cannot define specific opening hours or determine what types of retailers may open. It is important to note that this policy does not control or override shop trading provisions in other legislation, such as restrictions made under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Employees have the ability to refuse to work on Easter Sunday without providing a reason to their employer. Further information for employers and employees is available here www.employment.govt.nz. Shops trading on Good Friday are restricted through the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 and are not affected by this policy. To see what trading is allowed on Good Friday, click here for the legalisation or here for a summary. To read over the policy click here. Public consultation on the proposed policy was open from Friday 6 August 2021 to Monday 6 September 2021. Elements of the proposed policy: a) retains the ability for businesses to operate on Easter Sunday; and b) makes a number of editorial changes to the policies. This includes updating to the current format and including a Te Reo translation of the title. Have your say To let us know what you think about our proposals you can: read the Statement of Proposal and submit using our online consultation portal at www.haveyoursaytcdc.objective.com; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; complete a submission form and post it to us at Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag 1001, Thames 3540; or drop your submission form into the area offices in Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga or Whangamatā. Submission forms and hard copies of the statement of proposal and the proposed policy are available at all our area offices and libraries. If you have any questions about this proposal or about how to make a submission, please contact us on 07 868 0200 or email email@example.com.