According to a court ruling, the popular Berlin "Spätkauf" must remain closed on Sundays.
"Berlin's "Spätis" are typically general and unspecifically geared to the supply of the surrounding area and not to the specific needs of tourists," the Administrative Court of Berlin announced on Wednesday, 3 July 2019 after a corresponding decision. "Therefore they are not allowed to open on Sundays". The court had already handed down the ruling at the end of May.
Späti owner from Charlottenburg sued
The background to this decision was a lawsuit brought by a proprietor of a Späti in the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, who had opened her shop on several Sundays in 2016. She invoked an exception in the Berlin Store Opening Act, according to which stores may also open on Sundays if they offer certain goods to tourists "for immediate consumption". However, because the owner also offered toast, honey or coffee in 500-gram packages in addition to postcards and soft drinks, the court did not see this exception fulfilled.
Judgment is not yet final
The FDP criticized the legal regulations. "The latest administrative court ruling shows that the legal situation urgently needs to be changed," said Florian Swyter, economic spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group in the House of Representatives.
Source: dpa, translation by DeepL.com, BerlinOnline
Last edited: Wednesday, 3. July 2019 15:26 Uhr