Scotland - Euros - Scotland out but let the party continue
The Scottish executive has written to the Hospitality Trade Sector bodies to confirm a dispensation against the curfew times to stay open later to show European Championship matches that go to extra-time.
Venues in council areas under level 2 of lockdown, including Edinburgh and Glasgow, must close by 10.30pm while those in level 1, such as Fife, must shut by 11pm. The Euros head to the knock-out phase of the competition from Saturday (26th June) onwards with many games kicking off at 8pm. That means if the match is a draw after 90 minutes another 30 minutes of extra time will be played, followed by penalties if a winner has still not emerged – meaning it could be almost 11pm before a game is settled.
Premises can therefore remain open until 23.30 to allow patrons to watch the whole of the game and then safely disperse.
This is just for the football and just where necessary to facilitate safe ending and departure after a match.
This is only applicable to premises showing the football and where a match goes into extra time or goes to penalties.
This relaxation of the rules is only in place from 26th June 2021 until 11th July 2021.
To check if this impacts your premise, please reference your local level of operation and check the licensing Board website.