London: British Government is considering
to allow pubs and bars to keep their business open for extra
two hours to facilitate Britons to celebrate the wedding of
Prince William with Kate Middleton on April 29.
Government today announced a two-week public
consultation on extending opening hours on Friday April 29
and Saturday April 30, 2011.
This would allow many premises to open an extra two
hours and put on live music and other forms of entertainment
if they choose to mark the special occasion.
"The Royal Wedding is a time of national celebration
and we want everyone to be able to participate," said crime
prevention minister James Brokenshire.
"We recognise that people may want to extend their
festivities to mark this important occasion which is why we
intend to allow pubs, bars, community and village halls and
other licensed venues to be able to open late."
It is estimated that around 67 per cent of on-trade
licensed premises, like pubs and bars, close before midnight.
Currently licence holders have the option of applying
to their local council for a temporary event notice if they
wish to extend their opening hours.
Under these proposals they would not have to do this.
The consultation will run until January 26, 2011.