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Licensing hours relaxed for pubs over Royal Wedding weekend

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Licensing hours for pubs over the Royal Wedding weekend relaxed

Following the UK Government’s four-week public consultation, the Home Office has now confirmed that licensing hours for pubs over the Royal Wedding weekend to allow premises to stay open and serve alcohol until 1 am on Saturday 19 May (the Friday into Saturday) and Sunday 20 May (the Saturday into Sunday) to mark the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, without having to apply for an extension.

This is a positive move by the Home Office and will be extra valuable to pubs and bars, as the Royal Wedding coincides with the FA Cup Final also taking place on Saturday 19 May.

The relaxation of licensing hours for pubs over the Royal Wedding weekend will apply to premises licensed for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises, to the extent that it is not already the case.

This would also relate to the provision of late night refreshment in on-trade licensed premises, but it will not apply to the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises (i.e. in supermarkets and off-licences).

The Home Office comments that “The Royal Wedding is an occasion of exceptional national significance. Many people will wish to come together to enjoy celebrating this occasion in pubs and bars, as demonstrated by the support for the proposal to extend licensing hours for pubs over the Royal Wedding weekend from the majority of those who responded to the consultation.”

The relaxation will apply in England and Wales. However, the Order does not include regulated entertainment, so should any premises wish to extend their hours for entertainment such as a live band to celebrate the occasion or be able to serve alcohol and stay open beyond 1 am, then they would do this by using a temporary event notice.

Any arrangement in Scotland for a relaxation of licensing hours will be a matter for the Scottish Government.

If you require any further information on this or any other licensing issues, please contact our Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing team on 01332 340 211.

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