Pubs in England have been given the green light to stay open until the later time of 11:15pm for the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.
The decision was confirmed by Downing Street today.
Gareth Southgate’s England squad will face Denmark in the semi-final of European football’s flagship tournament tomorrow evening – but regardless of whether they defeat their opponents to make it through to the final, pubs will be permitted to remain open for the full duration of the match on Sunday (11 July).
The extended closing time of 11:15pm has been chosen in the event that the highly-anticipated final match should be taken to extra time and penalties.
“We are taking forward plans to allow pubs to open until 11.15pm on Sunday,” the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson confirmed.
“The entire nation has been gripped by the Euros and this will ensure people can get together to enjoy the final in pubs, should they wish to do so.
“I’m sure everyone will want to wish England well in the semi-final.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night urged the nation to support the Three Lions “enthusiastically, but in a responsible way”.
Pubs in England normally have to shut at 10:30pm on Sundays, but it was reported that officials feared chaotic scenes if fans were thrown out before the conclusion of the final at Wembley.
An emergency “tweak” of the law is set to be brought forward in Commons imminently to change opening times for one day.
Wembley will host 60,000 fans for both semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020 on 11 July.
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