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Adelaide Church calls for restraint on Easter trading hours

Adelaide's Vicar General Monsignor David Cappo has welcomed the prohibition of Easter Sunday trading in the city and Glenelg.

However, he said the community needed to exercise caution before allowing metropolitan shop trading on Easter Saturday to become entrenched in the retail calendar.

Monsignor Cappo's comments follow a State Government announcement that for the third year running, a proclamation will be made allowing metropolitan shop trading on Saturday 19 April.

Under the current Act governing shop trading hours in South Australia, Easter Saturday trading is allowed in the city and at Glenelg, but not in the suburbs.

"Our Easter holidays in Australia have both a religious significance and a family focus," Monsignor Cappo said. "It's a time for the Christian community to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus and is, therefore, the high point of our salvation. We must do all in our power to preserve opportunities for the Christian community to go to church, to worship and to have time out from normal activities to do this."

Southern Cross

Archdiocese of Adelaide

4 Mar 2003