We love public holidays, but it is a little frustrating when you FINALLY have time for some retail therapy and all the shops are closed.

Well, get your shopping bags ready because the SA government has announced that all shops, even in suburban Adelaide, will be allowed to open their doors on Adelaide Cup Day in March.

In a decision to keep the economy strong, Treasurer Rob Lucas has permitted a special Ministerial exemption which allows all retailers the opportunity to open their doors from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

“As the state continues its strong economic and jobs rebound from COVID-19, it’s critical we do everything we can to keep up this momentum and create the necessary environment to drive ongoing business and consumer confidence,” he said.

CBD shops will be open from 9:00am, 2 hours earlier than their usual 11:00am on public holidays, and other retailers that have been unable to open on public holidays will now be able to. The decision is similar to that which was given for Boxing Day in the past three years, Easter Monday the past two and Proclamation Day last year.

“On these particular days, we saw South Australians turn out in their droves to embrace greater freedom of choice in shop trading and we anticipate there will be a number of retailers who choose to take up this opportunity again,” Mr Lucas said.