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Euros licensing hours relaxation – implications of a Sunday final and weekday semis

Operators may need to consider issuing a Temporary Event Notice to 1am if their existing hours don’t extend to 11pm

Readers may remember our enews about the Licensing Act 2003 (UEFA European Football Championship Licensing Hours) Order 2024, which relaxes the Licensing Act 2003 for matches involving England and/or Scotland, if they reach the semi-finals and/or the final of UEFA Euro 2024.

It’s important to note that this legislation only applies to premises already authorised for alcohol sales until at least 23:00, so if for example your licence only permits the sale of alcohol until 22:30 you will not benefit and will instead have to issue a Temporary Events Notice. This is particularly relevant for the final, which takes place on a Sunday, a day when traditionally many pubs’ terminal hour for alcohol sales is earlier than 11pm. Indeed, the standard hours for Sunday in some London boroughs are 22:30.

The crucial thing is to check your licence and apply for a Temporary Events Notice where required.

If you require any advice on this Order, please contact any of our solicitors here.

To see the full Order please click here.

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