Monday, May 23, 2016

Polynesian Island enforces mandatory Sunday Law

Polynesian Island enforces mandatory Sunday Law

The manager of one of Tonga's main bakeries says not being allowed to open on Sundays will have a dramatic impact and lead to job losses.

Tonga's Police Minister, Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, has announced no bakery will be allowed to open on Sundays from July 3.

This followed a protest by church groups angry at an anomaly that has existed since 1982, when bakeries were allowed to open on Sundays after a cyclone.

The minister said operators of businesses that flout the new rule face jail and/or fines.

The manager of A Cowley and Co, Alfred Cowley, said the government's move will have a significant impact, with many bakeries in Tonga already struggling with big loans.

"Sunday, being a big trading day for us - Sunday trading is really based on our repayments also," said Mr Cowley. "The disappointing thing is that the government that a lot of the people thought would be doing good for Tonga and would bring in democracy, would [have] let the people vote to see if they want the Sunday trading or not."

Alfred Cowley said his company would have to lay off workers as a result of the government's action.

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