From a reader…
My family and I are considering buying a business. One point of debate within the family is the idea of opening on Sunday. The business is a candy store, but more than that will also provide a place for people to sit, rest and enjoy each others’ company for a bit.
Is it a greater good to close on Sunday to provide respite for the
owners and employees, or to open for reduced hours later in the day in order to provide a place for families and friends to gather and rest?
Canon 1247 enjoins the faithful, on Sundays and Holy Days, to “abstain from such work or business that would inhibit the worship to be given to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, or the due relaxation of mind and body.”
Exceptions for necessary workers (doctors, nurses, police, firemen, church musicians…) are understood as are the burdens that are placed on the faithful in a non-Christian society.
The witness of a Christian-owned business that closes on Sundays and Holy Days can be a powerful one.
I recommend a conversation with your pastor, your parish priest. He should be more able to assess your situation and provide insight.
If there are not many wholesome places for friends and family to gather, socialize, and rest, and if you and your employees do not find the work to inhibit their worship of God and due relaxation, then perhaps opening for a few hours could be salubrious.