Government Confirm Pub Hours extended to mark 75th anniversary of VE Day

13 Feb
2020

We previously reported the possibility of extended hours to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day this year.

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.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed the longer opening hours and the order has been laid in Parliament;

"VE Day events across the country will see the nation come together to pay tribute to the heroes who fought for our freedom and supported the war effort at home…..Pubs are at the heart of our communities and this is a great opportunity to raise a glass to mark this historic occasion."

In England and Wales, Pubs, bars and clubs, which are licensed to trade until 11pm, will be allowed to open for an additional two hours, on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May from 11pm until 1am the following morning, to mark the anniversary.

The Home Office have said that the order, laid in Parliament, will also apply to premises licensed to provide entertainment such as music, dances, plays and films.

We would recommend that operators get in touch with us to ensure they are completely covered for the celebrations they are planning to mark the event.

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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