Pubs set to open longer for England World Cup games

Watford Observer: Pubs set to open longer for England World Cup games Pubs set to open longer for England World Cup games

Proposals to allow football fans to watch England's late night World Cup fixtures in pubs have been discussed at councils in south west Hertfordshire.

On Tuesday, Dacorum Council’s Licensing and Health and Safety Committee noted that pubs within the borough will be able to open for longer during all England football matches because of the government’s relaxation order.

However, Dacorum Borough Council did say that if premises want to hold additional events after their usual license hours, they would have to apply to the council for an additional temporary license, regardless of whether that event followed an England football game.

The relaxation order will mean that pubs can open and sell alcohol for four hours after an England game which kicks off at 8 or 9pm.

Hertsmere Borough Council is running a similar policy.

Councils are not able to restrict pubs from opening longer during England games, but they can control the licensing arrangements during other teams games and after the final whistle of England games.

England Vs Italy, which kicks off at 11pm, will be subject to a two-hour relaxation order.

The order will not be relevant for the games against Uruguay and Costa Rica, which kick off at 8pm and 5pm respectively.

However, the knock-out rounds are due to kick off at 9pm, so the relaxation order would apply to any knock-out game involving England.

In February, Prime Minister David Cameron over-ruled Liberal Democrat Minister Norman Bakerand ordered a "re-think" into whether pubs should be able to open for longer.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced the relaxation order at the end of March.

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12:17pm Mon 5 May 14

bishopofwatford says...

Well that will only mean three extended drinking as England will only be good enough to play group games!
Well that will only mean three extended drinking as England will only be good enough to play group games! bishopofwatford
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10:54am Tue 6 May 14

E.Coli says...

Does this mean you can only go a pub looking like a retard with your face painted white and with a Red Cross .
Does this mean you can only go a pub looking like a retard with your face painted white and with a Red Cross . E.Coli
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