June 18, 2024

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Statement: Licensed venues to be allowed to open early for Sunday’s World Cup Final

Cornwall Council has been asked by the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling up, Housing and Communities Minister for Intergovernmental Relations, to support our local pubs and venues to hold screenings of the final this Sunday, 20 August, 2023 when England will play in a football World Cup Final for the first time since 1966. Kick-off is 11am BST.

It is expected that many venues will be able to show the game within their usual opening hours and permitted hours for the sale of alcohol.  However, there may be a few who require additional permission to do so if their licence has a later opening hour or later hour to start the sale of alcohol.   While there is not sufficient time to request and consider extending hours for opening or sale of alcohol, Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police want to support local venues as suggested by the Government.

That being the case if a venue already has a premises licence for consumption of alcohol on their premises and they open at 10am to serve alcohol, there will be no enforcement action taken, either by the council or the police, if their licence requires them to open later.  All other licence conditions and restrictions remain in place and will be enforced.  This includes the hours that sale of alcohol must end and the closing hours on the licence.