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City seeks public input on holiday shopping

City officials are looking for public input as they try to nail down rules for retailers on public holidays.

Under the current bylaw — a temporary measure put in place in 2006 — businesses are required to close on nine public and retail holidays (New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).

Only stores in five tourist areas, including Queens Quay West, the Eaton Centre, downtown Yonge Street, Yorkville and the Distillery District, are exempt.

The city is trying to create a more permanent policy when it comes to holiday shopping and is holding public consultation meetings all week at civic centres. A meeting is being held Monday night at the North York civic centre between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Click here for the full schedule and locations. The city has also launched an online survey.