New pub opening hour rules in England from July are 'great news'

The rules regarding pub opening hours in England will change from July. Home Secretary James Cleverley has vowed that pubs will be allowed extended opening times if England advance to the semi-finals of the European Championships in Germany.

It's also been confirmed by the government that pubs will remain open until 1am on match days, should England or Scotland progress in the tournament this summer.

Under Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003, the Home Secretary has the authority to relax licensing hours for occasions bearing 'exceptional national significance'. The semi-finals are scheduled to take place on July 9 and 10 in Munich and Dortmund respectively, whereas the final will be hosted by Berlin on Sunday, July 14, reports Birmingham Live.

In anticipation of supporting home nations during a sports-filled summer, Mr Cleverly announced: "Over the coming weeks we will all be getting ready to support our home nations in what will be a busy summer of sport and a proud moment for Britain. We have listened to the public through our consultation and will be extending pub licensing hours should England or Scotland reach the semi-finals or final of Euro 2024."

Providing a stimulus to the hospitality sector, these extended hours intend to facilitate longer community gatherings, allowing friends and families to watch their nation hopefully win. Regarding this imminent change, Emma McClarkin, CEO of the British Beer and Pub Association, stated: "With the Euros fast approaching, for many people there can be no better place to cheer on their team than with a refreshing beer at their local pub."

"It's great news that the government has anticipated the likely interest from pubs to keep their doors open a little longer for the semi-finals and finals during the European Championships."

Ms McClarkin expressed in a statement today: "By creating this easement and cutting red tape, doing business will be that much easier."

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