Pubs, bars and clubs could be given the green light to extend their opening hours in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this year. Under government guidance, venues in England and Wales would be able to stay open for an extra two hours over the four-day bank holiday weekend, which is set to take place from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June. Despite the holiday taking place in June, The Queen will have officially served on the throne for seven decades on the 6 February 2022.
The Home Office is currently considering whether to let businesses extend their licensing hours from 11pm to 1am to mark the milestone occasion. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will celebrate 70 years of her reign over the country, a feat that no other British monarch has accomplished.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ''Her Majesty The Queen is an example to us all – she has served the UK and the Commonwealth with the utmost dignity, steadfastness, and resolve throughout her remarkable reign.’’
''This extension will enable families, friends and communities across England and Wales to raise a glass to toast Her Majesty The Queen and mark her incredible service to our country’’.
The decision to extend licensing hours will be subject to a month’s consideration and will take into account the opinion of the public as well as stakeholders, police, licensing authorities and alcohol awareness groups.
Past national occasions where the government has extended licensing hours have included the royal wedding in 2018, The Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, the FIFA World Cup in 2014, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the royal wedding in 2011. Planned celebrations for the June bank holiday weekend include Trooping the Colour, a Service of Thanksgiving, a concert, Platinum Pageant and nation-wide street parties.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries also commented: ''2022 will be a year of pride, celebration and coming together with the Platinum Jubilee alongside our other blockbuster events including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Unboxed, championing creativity in the UK.’’
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