The move forms part of a package of measures aimed at offsetting the looming recession and threat of mass unemployment.
Under the legislation being drafted, larger supermarkets would be able to open for more than six hours on Sundays, the paper said.
Licensing laws will also be streamlined, enabling cafes and pubs to serve food and drink outdoors without having to go through the current 28-day minimum statutory consultation period.
Ministers also want to make it easier for pubs to revamp their layout so they can serve customers outside.
In a further bid to revive the high street, planning restrictions will be simplified, making it easier to switch between shops, retail and residential uses.
Finally, some common sense. When there are queues outside shops, it surely makes sense to allow longer opening hours to reduce them and allow more spread out shopping in the stores.
I can't understand why it's taken 3 months to think about this. It should have been done right back in March. Let's hope they don't dither and get on with it.
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