Shop owners in the historic centre of Rome and Ostia Lido will be allowed to stay open on 25 April (liberation day, a public holiday which falls on Sunday this year) after all. Retail sales were down over the Easter tourist season so the city authorities have waived the usual closing regulations for a public holiday. Shop keepers have, however, been reminded by Rome's office for commerce that they must remain shut on 1 May (labour day) after some of them tried to stay open on Easter Monday. Other compulsory closing days in Rome are 2 June (national day), 29 June (the feast of the city's patron saints Peter and Paul), 15 August (the feast of Assumption) and 25 and 26 December (Christmas and the feast of St Stephen). Shops in the historic centre may now open and close any time between 07.00 and 22.00 as long as they are not open for more than 13 hours at a stretch.
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