The extent to which the Defence of the Realm Act, or DORA, is affecting civilian life in Jersey became more evident recently. In line with their UK counterparts, local shopkeepers will now have to close their establishments by 8.00pm on weekdays and by 9.00pm on Saturdays. These restrictions will remain in force until at least the end of April 1917.
The new law is designed to limit the effect of shortage of light and supplies and ease the labour pressures caused by the loss of shop assistants for military service. Anyone serving customers within the proscribed hours will be liable for a fine if caught. There are some exceptions allowed, such as the sale of medicines or surgical appliances providing that the shop only remains open for the time it takes to supply the item. Shops can also continue to supply the military with any essential supplies if needed after closure.
Town traders in particular have expressed concerns over the new restrictions, particularly with the Christmas shopping season about the start. They have appealed to the Lieutenant Governor for a relaxation of the rules in the run-up to 25 December.
D/Z/H2/6 contains correspondence relating to the early shop closure restrictions, including the original DORA regulation.