75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day – Government announce Plan to Extend Licensing Hours in England and Wales

25 Oct

Next year marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day with celebrations and community events across the country to remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied Armed Forces personnel and all those citizens who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the home front.

The Government have announced proposals to extend the hours of Trade for clubs, pubs and bars who are currently licenced until 11:00pm or later, on Fridays and Saturdays.

The proposal suggests an extension for those qualifying premises until 1:00am on both Friday 8th May and Saturday 9th May 2020.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

“VE Day is a landmark day in our history. Extending licensing hours will pave the way for commemorative events across the UK, so we can pay tribute to the courage and determination of the millions who fought for our freedom or supported the war effort at home”.

Before plans are finalised, the Government will conduct a short consultation with partners including the police, licensing authorities, industry, community groups and veterans organisations.

Past national occasions where the government has extended licensing hours have included the Royal Wedding in 2018, the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, the 2014 World Cup, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the Royal Wedding in 2011. 

We will update you with further Government announcements, in particular on the detail of the final legislation, including whether it will also extend regulated entertainment until 1:00am for qualifying  premises.

Until then, should you require licence or TEN (Temporary Event Notice ) advice for your party or event, please call our specialist Teams on 0114 266 8664.

Law correct at the date of publication.
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