Prime Minister David Cameron: pubs can stay open longer for World Cup match

Watford Observer: Prime Minister: pubs can stay open longer for World Cup match Prime Minister: pubs can stay open longer for World Cup match

The Prime Minister has called for a rethink on pub opening hours during the football World Cup after ministers initially appeared to have ruled out extra time for England matches.

Publicans had asked to be able to open longer on two weekends during the tournament in Brazil this summer.

Their plea was rejected by the Home Office saying the tournament was not a "one-off" event like the Queen's Jubilee.

But Downing Street confirmed yesterday (Monday) that licensed premises would be allowed to stay open during England's game against Italy which kicks off at 11pm on Saturday, June 14.

The pub industry had put in an application on behalf of all pubs to allow them to stay open from 11pm until 1am on the opening weekend of the tournament.

It also asked for an extra two hours on the closing weekend, of July 11 and 12, when the final will be played.

It said it would cost the licensing trade three quarters of a million pounds if individual licences were applied for.

 

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9:16am Tue 4 Feb 14

Mark-H says...

They absolutely should. Watching international football in the pub is not so much about the drinking as it is about watching your national team with your local community. If it's more about the drinking for you, it's much easier to stay at home (cheaper, no bar queues, fewer people etc).
Also there's the problem that if pubs close at normal time, people will get as smashed as possible in normal hours and then go home - resulting in a situation not unlike Watford at closing time on a Friday.

It's a lot like pubs opening on Christmas Day, actually. No-one objects to that.
They absolutely should. Watching international football in the pub is not so much about the drinking as it is about watching your national team with your local community. If it's more about the drinking for you, it's much easier to stay at home (cheaper, no bar queues, fewer people etc). Also there's the problem that if pubs close at normal time, people will get as smashed as possible in normal hours and then go home - resulting in a situation not unlike Watford at closing time on a Friday. It's a lot like pubs opening on Christmas Day, actually. No-one objects to that. Mark-H

10:56am Tue 4 Feb 14

CaptainPC says...

Mark-H wrote:
They absolutely should. Watching international football in the pub is not so much about the drinking as it is about watching your national team with your local community. If it's more about the drinking for you, it's much easier to stay at home (cheaper, no bar queues, fewer people etc).
Also there's the problem that if pubs close at normal time, people will get as smashed as possible in normal hours and then go home - resulting in a situation not unlike Watford at closing time on a Friday.

It's a lot like pubs opening on Christmas Day, actually. No-one objects to that.
What's this all about? I thought pubs were allowed to stay open until whenever they want, licensed by the local authority.

This is just Dave trying to get plaudits for something that would have happened anyway.

THe only real decision to make is wheter to be the glasser or the glassee when England are humiliated by the first decent team they play.

One plus point is no vvuzelas.
[quote][p][bold]Mark-H[/bold] wrote: They absolutely should. Watching international football in the pub is not so much about the drinking as it is about watching your national team with your local community. If it's more about the drinking for you, it's much easier to stay at home (cheaper, no bar queues, fewer people etc). Also there's the problem that if pubs close at normal time, people will get as smashed as possible in normal hours and then go home - resulting in a situation not unlike Watford at closing time on a Friday. It's a lot like pubs opening on Christmas Day, actually. No-one objects to that.[/p][/quote]What's this all about? I thought pubs were allowed to stay open until whenever they want, licensed by the local authority. This is just Dave trying to get plaudits for something that would have happened anyway. THe only real decision to make is wheter to be the glasser or the glassee when England are humiliated by the first decent team they play. One plus point is no vvuzelas. CaptainPC

2:35pm Tue 4 Feb 14

garston tony says...

There is already regulation in place to allow pubs that want to to stay open later for the football, by all accounts they can extend their opening hours just by notifying the council on up to 15 occassions a year.

I think what they are asking is to be allowed to open later without having to use one of their quota.

I dont think it would be appropriate for all pubs but whats the big deal really with letting them open later?
There is already regulation in place to allow pubs that want to to stay open later for the football, by all accounts they can extend their opening hours just by notifying the council on up to 15 occassions a year. I think what they are asking is to be allowed to open later without having to use one of their quota. I dont think it would be appropriate for all pubs but whats the big deal really with letting them open later? garston tony

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