Licensing premises could be permitted to stay open for longer to mark the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The government wants to extend licensing hours on the nights of Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May until 1am the following morning.
A four-week public consultation on the plan has therefore been opened and stakeholders and interested parties have been invited to air their views.
Amber Rudd, the home secretary, described the royal wedding will be “a time of national celebration” and said the government wants “everyone to be able to make the most of such an historic occasion”. She went on to state that the planned relaxation of licensing hours will enable people to “extend their festivities and come together to mark what will be a very special moment for the country”.
Licensing hours have been extended for a number of occasions of national significance in recent years, including the World Cup in 2014 and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
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