- Licensing Hours Extended for VE Day Bank Holiday
Licensing Hours Extended for VE Day Bank Holiday
Licensing Hours Extended for VE Day Bank Holiday13th February 2020 - Published by
The Home Secretary has confirmed a blanket extension to licensing hours on both Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Many pub and bar operators will already be aware that the traditional Monday Bank Holiday has shifted to the Friday in honour of this anniversary, and may be planning events to mark the occasion.
The Order, laid before Parliament yesterday, will assist some pubs with this by lessening the administrative burden in applying for Temporary Events Notices for any proposed extension to hours. This power has been utilised on previous occasions of national celebration, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the Royal Weddings in 2011 and 2018.
The effect of the Order is that all premises in England and Wales which are licensed for the sale of alcohol (for consumption on the premises – premises with off sales only are not included) and/or regulated entertainment, and would normally close by 11pm, shall be permitted to trade for an additional 2 hours on both the Friday and the Saturday, until 1am the following morning.
The decision was confirmed yesterday, following consultation with various parties including licensing authorities, police and representatives of the licensed trade.
Any operators with queries about how this extension impacts on their licence specifically, or anyone wishing to trade later than the blanket extension allows should contact the Licensing Team on 0161 838 7888.