City wants Sunday shopping throughout Amsterdam

2nd September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The deputy mayor of Amsterdam says shops in the capital city should be allowed to conduct business regardless of their locations.

Amsterdam – The Amsterdam city council has called for Sunday shopping to be allowed throughout the entire city, reports de Telegraaf.

Currently, Sunday shopping is regulated by individual borough councils and only shops in the centre or other parts that are officially designated as tourist areas are allowed to open every Sunday.

Deputy Mayor Lodewijk Asscher wants to do away with the regulations "that allow shops on one side of the street to open but not those on the other side."

“If Amsterdam is not already tourism, then what is? Amsterdam is the tourist destination of our country," Asscher added.

The paper writes this could put the city on a collision course with the coalition cabinet, which is currently preparing a bill that restricts Sunday shopping to just 12 Sundays per year.

The bill has the backing of the Christian Democrats and the Christian Union, but Amsterdam's deputy mayor said such restrictions have no place in these economically challenging times.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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