The Independent

Pubs and bars to close later over coronation weekend


Pubs, clubs and bars will be allowed to stay open into the early hours over the coronation weekend.

Venues across England and Wales are able to continue serving customers for an extra two hours between Friday 5 May and Sunday 7 May to celebrate the King’s coronation.

Home secretary Suella Braverman will extend licensing hours from the normal 11pm to 1am to allow people to “enjoy an extra pint or two”.

The move was backed by a leading body in the hospitalit­y sector as well as 77 per cent of the public who took part in a monthlong consultati­on.

Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 allows Ms Braverman to lay the order before parliament on Monday to give permission for premises to stay open longer to mark occasions of exceptiona­l significan­ce.

Ms Braverman said: “His Majesty the King’s coronation will be a momentous occasion deserving of special celebratio­n. That is why I am extending the licensing hours over this historic coronation weekend.

“Up and down the country, people can enjoy an extra pint or two in the evening while families and friends can come together to wish His Majesty the King a long and happy reign.”

Emma McClarkin OBE, chief executive officer of the British Beer and Pub Associatio­n, said: “This is a timely boost for the pub industry.

“In the midst of an acutely challengin­g period, I am sure our pubs will look to mark this joyous occasion by hosting special events and parties as part of national celebratio­ns. The announceme­nt of extended opening hours will help us all to mark this important event.

“It is sure to be a time for community and celebratio­n, and the great British pub is always right at the heart of both, so I would encourage everyone to head down to their local and raise a toast to His Majesty during the coronation weekend.”

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Licensing hours will be extended from the normal 11pm to 1am (PA)

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