Easter trading hours

State legislation regarding private employment agents, trading hours, public holidays and child employment continues to apply to all businesses and employees in Queensland.

Trading hours for Easter depend on the category of the retail shop.

Exempt shops

Exempt shops, except for the sub-category of independent retail shops, have unrestricted trading hours and may trade during Easter.

Independent retail shops as a sub-category of exempt shops

Independent retail shops must remain closed on Good Friday except if they are a predominantly food and/or grocery store, which can trade unrestricted.

However, specific trading hour restrictions apply for licensed premises. For more information, read Trading hours for liquor licensees.

Non-exempt shops

Non-exempt shops must not open on Good Friday. Trading may be permitted for non-exempt shops in certain areas of Queensland on the other public holidays during the Easter period.

For more information, read a summary of the 2019 Easter trading hours (PDF, 564KB) including car and caravan sales.


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