Government relaxes World Cup opening hours for pubs

01 April 2014 by
Government relaxes World Cup opening hours for pubs

The Home Office is to relax pub opening hours during some England World Cup matches this summer.

Pubs and bars will be allowed to open until 01:00 BST when England matches kick-off at 20:00 BST or later.

The decision came after a two-week public consultation, and follows the Home Office's stance that it would not change opening hours despite the late showing of some matches.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association said: "It's really great news, which will put pubs at the heart of a great national event. I am particularly pleased that the government has really listened, and made sure that common sense prevailed, granting the full four hours after kick off for England games, as we had asked."

"I'd like to thank the hundreds in the pub trade who responded, making our views loud and clear."

In its response to the consultation the Home Office said: "The government believes that England playing in the World Cup is an occasion of exceptional national significance.

"Many people will wish to enjoy watching the matches in pubs and bars and experience the atmosphere of the occasion with fellow football fans, as demonstrated by the enthusiasm of the majority of those who responded to the consultation.

"The government has listened to the views received in response to the consultation and in discussion with partners has decided to proceed with the proposal to relax licensing hours nationally for England's World Cup matches."

Pubs wishing to stay open late for other matches throughout the tournament will be able to apply for individual one-off licences.

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