Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Businesses allowed to extend hours on Sunday and certain holidays
Retail businesses in Clarence-Rockland will now be allowed to remain open until 9 p.m. on Sunday and remain open on Family Day and Victoria Day.
The municipal council came to this decision at the last meeting held on Wednesday, April 4. This comes several weeks after the Clarence-Rockland Chamber of Commerce made a request to council to extend business hours to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The City then issued a survey to gage public opinion on the matter.
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A total of 70.2 per cent of survey respondents agreed that businesses should be allowed to stay open until 9 p.m. on Sunday. Also, 55 per cent supported businesses to be allowed to remain open until midnight on any day of the week. Finally, 54.3 and 55.7 per cent agreed that businesses should be allowed to stay open on Family Day and Victoria Day, respectively.
In an e-mail response, Karine Lauzon, Director General of the Chamber of Commerce, expressed that the Board of Directors of the Chamber was very proud of this decision.
Presently, businesses in Clarence-Rockland are permitted to stay open until 10 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and that will not change. Mayor Guy Desjardins had previously stipulated that if extending business hours is what businesses and the Chamber of Commerce want, then he was definitely in favour.
A total of 412 surveys were completed, 393 of which were residents and 20 from non-residents. Thirty-seven of these surveys were identified as having been completed by a business owner. Ten per cent of the surveys were completed by people under 30 years old, 33 per cent by people between the ages of 31 and 60 years old and 24 per cent completed by those over 61 years old.
It is also interesting to note that 47.4 per cent of survey respondents thought businesses should be allowed to remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, the vast majority of these respondents did not agree that businesses should be open on any other holiday other than Family Day and Victoria Day, such as Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Most city councillors agreed with the Chamber of Commerce that the best decision is to give businesses in Clarence-Rockland the option to stay open later on Sundays, if they believe it to be in their best interest. This way, businesses can compete against pharmacies, for example, that are already permitted to stay open later on Sundays. The same is true for Family Day and Victoria Day.