This Sunday, February 25th will be the first when commercial centres in Orihuela, Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada have to close after changes to the Commerce Law of the Valencian Community were approved last week.

It means the Zenia Boulevard (Orihuela Costa) and Habaneras (Torrevieja) centres will only be allowed to open food and recreational outlets, after years of having been able to open every day.

The law upholds an agreement between small and large businesses and consumer associations to resolve the problems associated with opening on Sundays and fiestas.

The Valencian Government said it is “more equitable” and will help to “reconcile employees working and home lives, and the public’s shopping habits”.

The result is that commercial centres in Orihuela, Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada can only open on 40 Sundays and/or fiestas over Easter and between June 15th and the first Sunday in January when the sales start.

Small businesses are still allowed to open every day of the year.

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