Easter trading hours

COVID-19 food and grocery trading hours

The Chief Health Officer has revoked the Trading Hours Notice on 3 July 2020 and it is no longer in effect.

Under the previous Notice, which operated from 19 March 2020, an owner or operator of a business used predominantly for the sale of food or groceries or both, was permitted to open the business from 7am on a day the shop is permitted to trade, to enable people to obtain essential groceries.

This meant that owners and operators of non-exempt shops predominantly selling food or groceries could open their business from 7am on any day the shop would normally trade. Food and grocery shops that are permitted to open before 7am under the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 could continue.

For details, read the Notice.

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 2021 Easter trading hours (PDF, 162KB) including car and caravan sales.


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