Pubs all throughout England are expecting that a letter from a minister to local authorities will allow establishments to open early on Sunday for the World Cup final.
The Lionesses’ victory against the Netherlands was the most-watched match of the tournament so far, drawing an average of 4.6 million viewers every working day to witness them advance to their first-ever World Cup final.
After defeating the tournament hosts, Australia, on Wednesday, England’s ladies will play Spain at 11 a.m. on Sunday in their first World Cup final.
Michael Gove, a cabinet member, has written to authorities all throughout England urging them to do everything in their power to support venues looking to extend their hours for the game.
According to Damian Green, a Tory member of the culture select committee, “We wouldn’t think twice about doing it if the men’s team were playing in a World Cup final so let’s do it on Sunday.”
However, bars that did not register by August 11 – when England had not even won their quarterfinal match – will not be granted extensions by municipalities.
Pub owners have issued a warning that certain establishments won’t be able to sell beer or open early for eager fans on the day due to licensing regulations.
Although it is now illegal to sell alcohol before 10 a.m. on Sundays, certain establishments, such pubs, are permitted to serve alcohol during certain hours based on their respective licenses.
I’ve encouraged councils to do all in their power to assist bars in opening earlier on Sundays so that people can get together and celebrate this great event with a drink before kickoff.
A nationwide change in licensing hours in England would need the consent of Parliament, which is presently on summer vacation and is not in session; calls for an urgent recall to Westminster have also been rejected.
Instead, the Government is advising police commissioners and local councils to take whatever steps are necessary to authorize extensions.
The public is prepared to support the Lionesses this Sunday in England’s biggest game since 1966, according to Levelling Up Secretary Mr. Gove.
I’ve asked authorities to do everything they can to assist bars in opening up earlier on Sunday so that people can get together and celebrate this historic event with a drink before kickoff.
To change their hours, individual bars can submit a temporary event notice (TEN), however the application takes five working days to process.
The Government is urging local authorities to keep doing everything they can to finish the procedure on time, working closely with neighborhood police forces, in cases where an application is being quickly evaluated to grant a brief extension of license hours.
Police chiefs have been urged by the Home Office in a letter to collaborate with authorities to ensure that as many venues as feasible can open.
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) estimates that most pubs won’t be able to serve alcohol until 11am, with others being limited until midday.
Pubs that failed to submit their TEN applications on time are not eligible for extensions from town halls under any circumstances.
“Councils up and down the country are flying flags, lighting up buildings, and hosting free screenings of the game on Sunday to mark this historic and exciting occasion,” a spokesman for the Local Government Association said.
To ensure fans can watch the game safely and support our Lionesses, they will cooperate with local businesses and partners.
The Home Office has previously loosened licensing requirements for events of “exceptional international, national, or local significance.”
To pass the necessary legislation, the Liberal Democrats demanded that Rishi Sunak summon a special session of Parliament.
Admiral Taverns, which owns and operates more than 1,600 bars, is headed by Chris Jowsey.
He said: “We implore the Prime Minister to permit pubs to open at 10am on Sunday to support our Lionesses and bring communities together to cheer on the team.
Along with their incredible performances on the field, it has been wonderful to see how they have united the country off it.
As the Lionesses prepare for their first World Cup final, a top bishop from the Church of England says it is “fine” for churches to move their morning services.
People should select the service that is “right for them,” according to the appropriate Reverend Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby and the Church of England’s lead bishop for sports.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn