Sunday and public holiday law Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

The Sundays and public holidays are constitutionally protected as "days of rest and mental uprising". The same applies to Rhineland-Palatinate under the Constitution. Public holidays can be distinguished as follows: ecclesiastical and religious holidays (e.B. Ascension Day), public holidays (e.B. day of German unification) and so-called "silent" holidays (e.B. Good Friday). The Rhineland-Palatinate Law on the Protection of Sundays and Public Holidays (Holiday Act - LFtG) specifies the constitutional provisions. It contains provisions for protection and prohibition to ensure the rest of the population on Sundays and public holidays. The central regulation of the law on public holidays is the ban on working on Sundays and public holidays. On Sundays and public holidays, all publicly noticeable activities that affect the external calm or fundamentally contradict the nature of Sundays and public holidays are prohibited. Exceptions to this ban are possible, for example, under the Rhineland-Palatinate Shop Opening Act and the State Act on Fairs, Exhibitions and Markets (LMAMG). On the "silent holidays" special restrictions have to be observed, which differ from state to state. The most important "silent days" are: Good Friday, Allerheiligen Volkstrauertag Dead Sunday and Holy evening (from 1 p.m.).

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Violations of the law on public holidays may be punished with a fine in accordance with Section 12 of the LFtG as an administrative offence.

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