The government has confirmed that pubs will be able to stay open two hours later over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Your local is licenced to serve drinks until late to commemorate HRH’s 70 years on the throne.
Over the long Bank Holiday in June, the nation has an additional two days off work which is definitely a reason to party.
This is why the government has taken the decision to give pubs licence to sell drinks until 1am over the long weekend.
The four-day bank holiday weekend falls on Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June 2022.
The extension will also apply to premises’ entertainment licences which allow for live music.
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While the 2006 Licensing Act created the opportunity to stay open 24 hours, very few premises actually operate these hours.
Most have licences that allow them to serve until 11pm unless the rules are temporarily relaxed.
Home Office minister Kit Malthouse said it would allow revellers to “celebrate the longest-reigning monarch in the United Kingdom”.
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Discussing the rule relaxation in a letter to parliament, the politician added that an ‘impact assessment’ is being prepared and will be published alongside the order.
The Licensing Act allows exceptions to be made on occasions of “exceptional international, national or local significance”.
Past national occasions where the government has pushed back pub closing times include the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, the FIFA World Cup in 2014, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
The four day weekend is set to be jam-packed with celebrations including a live concert, a service of thanksgiving and a day at the races.
The live concert is reported to be a spectacle featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry.
The Palace is also planning a Jubilee Pageant featuring people from across the UK and Commonwealth.
Taking place against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace and surrounding streets, it will combine street arts, theatre, music and circus.
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