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Boozy Brits Can Stay In The Pub For Longer

Boozy Brits Can Stay In The Pub For Longer

The Home Office has confirmed it will allow pubs to stay open late for World Cup matches.

The government gave the green light yesterday for pubs in England to stay open past the traditional 11pm closing time but only when the Three Lions play in late BST games.

The date for the group game affected so far is on 14 June when England play Italy at 11pm, however if Roy Hodgson's men qualify for the knockout rounds with similar kick off times then pubs will be given additional extensions.

A Home Office spokesperson 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.'

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.'

Licensed premises can apply to their local Licensing Authority for longer opening hours for a fee of £21.00.

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Date:Tuesday April 1 2014
Time: 8:44AM

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