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Extended Euro 2024 hours ‘essential’ for pubs and bars

Home Office proposals will allow licensed premises to open later for the semi-final and final, if the home nations reach that stage of the tournament.

The proposals, if taken forward, would extend licensing hours on the days of the semi-final (9 and/or 10 July) and final (14 July) to 01:00am, if England, Scotland or Wales were playing in those matches.

Our response

Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Euro 2024 is set to be a huge event for hospitality businesses next summer as fans pack pubs and bars to cheers on the home nations.

“We support the Home Office proposals to extend licensing hours for the semi-finals and final, should we reach that stage of the tournament.

Major sporting events provide a huge revenue boost and extended hours are essential to allow venues and fans to take full advantage.

“This sort of advance planning benefits fans, businesses and the Government, and is exactly the type of approach we have been advocating for in our engagement on this issue for many years. I’m pleased the Home Office is consulting well in advance, acting on our calls on behalf of the sector.”

The consultation runs until Monday 19 February 2024.