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Old 22.06.2007, 09:49
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Re: referendums and shopping

The 100'000 signatures rule is correct for nation-wide initiatives. However the opening hours are regulated in cantonal laws (and then sometimes implemented differently on a municipal level if allowed by the cantonal laws). Initiatives on the cantonal level need less signatures. These cantonal laws define the regular opening hours and the exceptions. For example in Marmoset's link to the law of canton Thurgau, it is written that pharmacies are exempt from the standard opening hours regulation, and food shops with less than a certain square footage, too.

Many Swiss are against longer opening hours and open shops on Sundays, mostly the leftist parties, the trade unions and the churches.
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