Tescos and Co-op close early Sunday so workers can enjoy Euro final

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Tesco and Co-op have announced they will close early on Sunday to give their workers enough time to go home and watch the Euro clash.

The game, which kicks off at Wembley at 8pm, will be the first time England has reached final in a major tournament since 1966.

Although the match could be over by 10pm, it could also end up finishing later if extra time and penalty shoot-outs are required.

Tesco Express stores in England will close at 7:45pm.

Co-op says 2,034 of its shops will close at 7.45pm instead of their usual 10pm or 11pm closing time.

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The retailer said on Twitter: “It’s not just football coming home, our colleagues are going home.”

The firm’s all day petrol station stores will also close at 7.45pm and re-reopen at 11pm to work around the football match.

Online ordering services will be available to shoppers until 5:59pm for orders with a one hour window and 4:59pm for those with a two hour window.

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Chris Whitfield, Co-op’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We appreciate just how much this means to many of our colleagues and we want them to be able to celebrate at home with their family and friends.”

Lidl will open an hour later to ensure their workers are well rested on the basis that England take home the trophy.

It comes as the government urged employers to consider time off or flexible working on Monday.

England’s 2-1 victory over Denmark on Wednesday night led to wild celebrations including a petition for an emergency bank holiday.

A spokesperson for the government responded to calls for a day off on Monday by saying: “We would want businesses who feel able to consider it, if they can, but we recognise it will vary depending on the business and company.”

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