The Government is consulting on whether to relax licensing hours nationally to mark certain matches of the 2024 UEFA European Championships (“Euro 2024”) or whether to rely on the existing system of Temporary Event Notices (TENs).
The proposal is to extend licensing hours if any of the men’s national football teams of England, Wales and Scotland is successful in reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2024 and if any of those teams subsequently reaches the final of that tournament. Any extension would relate to the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises only and the provision of late-night refreshment in on-trade licensed premises; it would not apply to regulated entertainment. The extension would be to allow trade until 0100hrs the morning after the matches have taken place.
The purpose of any national relaxation of licensing hours during Euro 2024 would be to enable all pubs and other on-trade premises to sell alcohol and late night refreshment to people watching the relevant matches live.
For the full consultation document please follow the link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/extending-licensing-hours-for-uefa-euro-2024-matches/contingent-relaxation-of-licensing-hours-during-the-semi-final-and-final-of-the-2024-uefa-european-championship-accessible#the-proposals
The on-trade needs as much help as it can get in the current economic climate, and so the extension of hours will be welcomed by the trade. Should you as an operator wish to have longer hours than are being proposed, or wish to have regulated entertainment also, please do reach out to Chris Rees-Gay or your usual contact in the Woods Whur team, who can assist with the submission of a TEN.