Pubs are to be allowed to remain open for longer in England during England’s world cup matches. David Cameron has stated that England’s matches were an occasion of exceptional national significance which merited extending the Licensing hours.
Pubs will be allowed to stay open longer when England’s world cup matches have a scheduled kick-off time of 20:00 or later. The relaxation will last up to four hours to the latest time of 01:00 and will be for the sale of alcohol and late night refreshment for consumption on the premises. It is hoped the additional time will result in customers leaving premises gradually after the match, minimising any nuisance to the public.
The extension will apply to two of England’s first round matches; England v Italy kick off at 23:00 on the 14 June and England v Uruguay kick off at 20:00 on the 19 June.
You should note also that a number of the second stage matches, quarter-final and the semi-final matches kick off at 21:00. The extension may hopefully come into play on a number of occasions up until the 13 July in Rio de Janerio where the final will be played with a scheduled kick off of 20:00.
For further information, please contact Karen Cochrane.