The Home Office has now responded following the very brief consultation that they had in relation to the above which we reported on here.

The conclusions of the consultation are as follows:

  • The Government will proceed with their proposed relaxation of licensing hours during the World Cup
  • The extensions will only apply to those premises in ENGLAND that hold a premises licence or club premises certificate (and NOT in Wales as had been consulted on)
  • The extensions will apply during England matches with a kick off time of 8pm or later It will apply to the sale of alcohol and late night refreshment
  • The relaxation will last for four hours (from the kick off time) to a latest time of 1am (which will cover any extra time and the dreaded penalty shoot-out!)
  • Any operators who wish to extend their operating hours beyond 1am can do so by applying for a TEN

What this means in practice is that premises may sell alcohol and provide late night refreshment until 1am for England's two opening matches against Italy on the 14th June (kick off 11pm) and until 12 midnight for the game against Uruguay on the 19th June (kick off at 8pm).

Should England progress beyond the group stage, then any subsequent extensions will depend on the kick of times for these matches.

A statutory instrument bringing the above in to effect will be passed in due course and we will advise you when this happens.

Should you wish to read the full Home Office response it can be found here.