Under the law, all general shops in Cyprus must adhere to Christmas shopping hours which allows them to remain open until 8 pm.
On Christmas eve and New Year’s eve they can remain open until 6 pm.
General shops will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day as well as on January 1, 2 and 6, the Labour Ministry also said on Tuesday.
These days are considered holidays for shop personnel.
Employees at special shops who will work on the off days must be paid double for each hour of work, the ministry also said.