Sunday shopping rules are to be relaxed for the eight weeks of the London 2012 Games. Eight weeks is 56 days, Lent is 40 days, Ramadan is 28 days (approximately). Sunday trading rules have been relaxed in recent years. In Wales, many pubs were dry on Sundays.
Close to Olympic Park, many shops in the East End of London close on Friday for Friday prayers.
So, why change the Sunday laws? The main gateway to the Olympic Park (from Stratford Station) is Westfield. The new shopping city is going benefit dramatically from the change in the law.
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