Sunday shopping in Winnipeg
I have been doing my Christmas shopping for the past three Sundays. I don’t usually go out on Sundays. Sunday is the day we clean the house, do laundry, and then just sit back and relax. But it seems that these days, Sunday is the only day I can buy my Christmas presents. I’m also busy on Saturdays. I have lately been putting extra hours of work (need the extra money). And I also do my grocery shopping on Saturdays.
When I first came here in Winnipeg in 1989, there was no Sunday shopping. Yup. Stores and malls were closed on Sundays. This was a result of the Lord’s Day Act, which had designated Sunday as a weekly day of rest. But in December 1992, Sunday shopping was once again permitted in the province of Manitoba. There were restrictions though. The province’s law limits retailers that employ more than four staff members to operating only between noon and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Aside from the small shopping malls we have here in Manitoba, Filipino immigrants find this restriction in Sunday shopping unappealing. This is because there are many big and attractive shopping malls not just in Manila, but also in other cities in the Philippines. But it hasn’t bothered me anyway. As I’ve said, I’d just like to stay home on Sundays. I’m not much of a shopper anyway. I don’t have that kind of money to spend. And besides, buses are bad on Sundays. They run only every hour or so. We do have our own vehicle now, but I am still not a fan of Sunday shopping.
This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday. And this concerns not only the retailers but the shoppers as well. People like to get their shopping done earlier on Christmas Eve. Retailers would also like to open earlier so they can close earlier and spend time with their families. But if they can’t open until noon, it’s unlikely that they will close early.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is urging the provincial government to cut retailers some slack this Christmas Eve. The president of the Chamber said, “We think the province needs to change the legislation for good and allow the retailers to determine their own hours based on what their customers want, like most other provinces have.” The Chamber also noted that the province has made exceptions in the past, including last year during the Juno awards and in 1999 during the Pan Am Games.
I only have a couple more presents to buy and I’ll make sure to finish my shopping before Christmas Eve.
What about you? Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet? Is there Sunday shopping in your city?
Related news article: Winnipeg chamber calls for late Christmas Eve shopping hours