The Government proposes to make a licensing hours order under section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 which would extend opening hours from 11 pm to 1.00 am on Thursday 2 June, Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 2022 ending on Sunday 5 June 2022 for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises and the provision of regulated entertainment in licensed premises in England and Wales.
Any extension of licensing hours will only apply to sales of alcohol for consumption on the premises and the provision of late-night refreshments in on-trade licensed premises. The Government believes that the on-trade provision of late-night refreshment in licensed premises would be appropriate to accompany any relaxation of alcohol licensing hours to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, not least to support people to drink responsibly.
The Government considers that any national relaxation of licensing hours should not apply to the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises (i.e. in supermarkets and off-licences) as anyone wishing to mark the occasion at home will be able to buy alcohol during normal shopping hours. Late-night refreshment venues, by definition, are already licensed to open late at night and would not benefit from a relaxation in licensing hours. Unlicensed premises would also not benefit from a relaxation in licensing hours and would still need to use a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) to undertake licensable activities.
The purpose of any national relaxation of licensing hours to mark the Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee would be to enable pubs and other on-trade premises to sell alcohol and late-night refreshment to those wishing to extend their celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee beyond their normal licensing hours over the extended bank holiday period.
This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 26 January 2022
The Government are keen to hear from everyone who may be affected by a national relaxation of licensing hours, including:
The consultation covers England and Wales where these proposals apply.
View the Consultation: Relaxation of licensing hours for Her Majesty the Queen’s platinum jubilee