The Government is consulting on whether to relax licensing hours nationally to mark England’s participation in the Fifa World Cup 2014 in June and July or whether to rely on the existing system of temporary event notices.
Were it to decide to relax licensing hours nationally this would relate to the sale of alcohol for consumption on premises and the provision of late night refreshment. Any relaxation will not apply to off sales and so supermarkets and Off Licences would not benefit.
The consultation asks whether licensing hours should be relaxed for three, three and a half or four hours after the England kick off. However, licensing hours would not be relaxed beyond 01:00 for any of the England matches. This includes their opening game which is due to kick off at 23:00 on the 14 June 2014.
A national relaxation of licensing hours for England matches would potentially benefit all On-trade licensed premises which close before the match ends.
You can respond to the Government Consultation online by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/world-cup-licensing-hours before the 26 March.
Should you wish to remain open later for any of the other teams’ matches which commence at 23:00 you will require a temporary event notice. You would not be able to obtain temporary event notices for all ten first round matches with this later starting time as there must be 24 hours between two temporary event notices.
However, you could open later for nine of the ten matches provided no concerns are raised by the Police or Environmental Health.
For further details please contact Flint Bishop on 01332 226142.