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9 July 2021 | Comment | Article by Martin Jones

Euro 2020 – Licensing Hours Extension (England & Wales)


Written by Nicola Jordan, paralegal on the Regulatory team.

Do you have a premises licence or club premises certificate authorising licensable activities?

Well, good news! The government is expected to pass an Order permitting these licensable activities to occur until 11:15pm on Sunday 11 July, provided that your licence allows you to carry out licensable activities any time between 09:00am and 11:59pm on that Sunday. This is a move by the government to take into account the possibility of the Euro 2020 final going beyond full time and reaching penalties.

The scope of this extension is expected to be fairly broad and is likely to also cover the provision of late-night refreshments (hot food and non-alcoholic drinks). However, this will be conditional on the premises being able to be used for the sale or supply of alcohol during that specified time.

The extension of time also applies to off licences, meaning that they can also carry out licensable activities until 11:15pm on Sunday 11 July.

It appears that this will be a welcomed move by the government given the tough circumstances that a lot of licensable premises find themselves in because of Covid-19.

If you have any specific enquiries about your premises, please contact Nicola Jordan on 02922 675922 or email: [email protected].

Author bio

As the Head of the Regulatory Department, Martin acts in a wide-range of regulatory crime and professional regulation matters. Martin has built up over 20 years of experience and a wealth of specialist knowledge.

He leads the firm’s cross-departmental alcohol and gaming licensing teams. Additionally Martin manages the teams providing a range of outsourced services to local authorities, including court representation of local authorities Adult and Children’s Services Departments.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.

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