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Tue, 29 Dec, 2015 12:04:04 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Dec 29
File Photo – Lehtikuva.
Shop owners are applying for waivers to keep their doors open on New Year's Day, said the Finnish Grocery Trade Association. 
According to the trade association, the waivers have been sought as the law reform regarding shop opening hours will not be effective by January 1.
Earlier, the Parliament on December 15 approved a bill allowing more freedom in opening hours for retailers and hairdressers.
If the law is approved by the President on Wednesday, there will be no necessity for the waivers.
If the confirmation comes, stores will freely decide their own opening hours on New Year's Day.
If the law reform does not enter into effect, most shops will remain closed on New Year's Day. 
On New Year's Eve, stores may remain open from 7:00am to 6:00pm. Small stores, kiosks and service stations may decide their opening hours freely.
On New Year's Eve, Alko will keep its doors open from 9:00am to 6:00pm. On New Year's Day, Alko shops will remain closed.
The banks will close early in the afternoon, at 1:00pm or 2:00pm on Thursday, and will remain closed on Friday.
For long-distance travel, VR will adhere to Saturday schedules for New Year's Eve, and on Sun-day schedules for New Year's Day.
Bus schedules will also change around New Year's Day. According to bus company Matkahu-olto, some routes will not be available due to the holiday.
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