New South Wales will extend its Anzac Day retail trading ban to cover the entire day to encourage more people to commemorate veterans

NSW is extending its Anzac Day retail trading ban to cover the entire day to halt creeping commercialisation of the day dedicated to honouring military veterans.

Retail activity had been banned before 1pm – after the traditional dawn ceremonies then marches –  but that will now be extended for the full day and night of April 25.

Some retailers who have exemptions – pubs, cafes, restaurants, chemists and newsagencies – can continue to trade all day.

Retail trading restrictions on Anzac Day vary between jurisdictions, with only Western Australia also imposing a ban for the full day.

Victoria and Queensland allow trading from 1pm, Tasmania does from 12.30pm while South Australia only allows it in the Adelaide CBD between 12pm and 5pm.

The ACT and the Northern Territory have no restrictions.

The NSW RSL and the retail workers union back the ban, which Premier Chris Minns says is required to reinforce Anzac Day’s status as Australia’s most ‘solemn and significant’ occasion.

New South Wales will extend its Anzac Day retail trading ban to cover the entire day to encourage more people to commemorate veterans

New South Wales will extend its Anzac Day retail trading ban to cover the entire day to encourage more people to commemorate veterans

Previously banned until 1pm, the restrictions on retailers in NSW now won't be lifted until midnight

Previously banned until 1pm, the restrictions on retailers in NSW now won’t be lifted until midnight

‘(We) will extend our retail trading restrictions across Anzac Day, to make sure our veterans are recognised and free to take part in services throughout the day,’ he said.

‘It might be inconvenient for a few hours, but closing our biggest corporate shops for a single day is a small price to pay for living in a free and open democracy.’

RSL NSW president Mick Bainbridge said the needs of veterans were too often overlooked.

‘This is an opportunity for them to take time away from work on this special day to commemorate their service,’ he said.

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I, in Gallipoli in 1915.

The day is marked by a number of traditions, including dawn and sunset services, veteran marches, and wreath-laying ceremonies.

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