SA shops to be open for June holiday

For the first time South Australia's suburban shops will be open for business over the June long weekend with the extended hours approved to help maintain COVID-19 social distancing measures.

Local stores, regardless of their size, are permitted to operate from 9am to 9pm on the Queen's Birthday public holiday.

Previously, only shops in the CBD and regional SA were allowed to trade that day.

The state government's decision to permit operations on the June 8 holiday was backed by SA Health officials and coincides with the scheduled date to lift Stage 2 restrictions.

Treasurer Rob Lucas said seeing thousands of shoppers flock to suburban shopping centres and supermarkets highlighted the importance of maintaining social distancing.

"The consistent SA Health advice has been that additional shop trading hours help facilitate social distancing, which is one of the best ways to help limit the spread of coronavirus," Mr Lucas said.

"This remains incredibly important as the state begins to ease restrictions which, as we saw on the weekend, gives more people the confidence to get out and support local businesses."

Under a new 30-day exemption, extended trading hours remain in place for supermarkets over 400 square metres and other non-exempt shops over 200 square metres from May 20 to June 18.

The changes allow for trade from 12am to 9pm on Saturdays and 9am to 9pm on Sundays as well as 24-hour operation on weekdays.

Employees working during the extended hours do so on a voluntary basis and cannot be forced to work additional hours.

Under the law, trading hour exemptions cannot be approved for longer than 30 days.

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