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World Cup licensing reminder

A Lancashire licensing expert is reminding licensees of key dates if they wish to open later than relaxed rules allow for the days when England are competing in the World Cup.

Parliament has approved the relaxation of licensing hours for the World Cup, meaning that the normal rules will be relaxed to cover the sale of alcohol and late night refreshment on the evening of an England game.

England’s first match is scheduled to take place on June 14 with a kick-off time of 11pm. The relaxed rules would mean venues can sell alcohol until 1am without special permission. To sell alcohol beyond this time, a Temporary Event Notice would need to be submitted to the relevant local authority no later than May 30.

The second England match, on June 19, sees relaxed hours covering the sale of alcohol until 12midnight. A Temporary Event Notice will be required to cover the hours after this, to be submitted no later than June 4.

Malcolm Ireland, head of Leisure & Licensing at Napthens solicitors, said: “These are important dates to be aware of.

“The World Cup presents a host of opportunities for retailers, and it is good news that the relaxation of rules will make it easier for venues to remain open and benefit from the likely increased crowds on match days.

“However, there are key dates to meet if these venues wish to remain open after the hours the relaxed rules allow, so licensees should get advice on how to do this.”