Boris Johnson on possible extra bank holiday for England win
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England fans had packed into pubs, beer gardens and specially constructed outdoor venues on Wednesday night, chanting and cheering as England made it to the Euro 2020 final. The team will take on Italy on Sunday night, but what time will pubs open and close for the Euro 2020 final?
Pubs have had a rocky year following the outbreak of coronavirus, with closures and social distancing guidelines however the Euro 2020 games have seen a resurgence in pub-goers.
With social distancing rules still in place, most venues are bookings only to ensure the numbers adhere to guidelines.
However, new guidance on opening hours has been issued by the Government ahead of Sunday night’s final.
Pubs will be open at their usual times, however can push back closing time to accommodate the final.
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The guidance has been issued in case the England vs Italy game heads into extra time, and then potentially penalties.
Starting at 8pm on Sunday, the match will be over by 10pm if it is settled in normal time.
However, adding half an hour of extra time and a penalty shoot-out means the game could finish closer to 11pm.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said pubs can stay open until 11.15pm this Sunday to reduce the risk of customers being told to leave before the match ends.
Wednesday night’s victory over Denmark went to extra time and finished at around 10.45pm.
And Downing Street also said employers who are able to should be flexible about allowing staff to go in to work late on Monday or take the day off if England win.
Another point Mr Johnson is considering is whether England will have an emergency bank holiday – something which he is yet to rule out.
Asked during a visit to energy company Bulb’s central London headquarters on Thursday about the prospect of a bank holiday if England beat Italy in the final, Mr Johnson said: “I think that would be tempting fate; let’s see what happens.”
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Calls to have Monday off have intensified, with more than 200,000 signatures on a petition hosted on the Parliament website.
Fans on social media have also been vocal about wanting an extra day off if England win.
Replying to a tweet from Mr Johnson congratulating the England team one person said: “Bank holiday on Monday Boris!!!”
Another wrote: “Boris can we make Monday a bank holiday so I don’t have to go work and get to enjoy the football on Sunday????”
And the petition for the bank holiday is being spread far and wide across social media, with 203,385 signatures at the time of writing.
This level of signatures means Parliament will consider the petition for a debate, with petitions reaching over 100,000 signatures considered.
The petition reads: “Sunday 8pm is a difficult time for families to plan to be together for the event – knowing we have an additional day off the next day would significantly help this.
“Furthermore, a historic win should be celebrated.
“It would be expected for the winning team to parade the trophy, and a bank holiday would be a perfect time to do this.
“Also, English people would naturally want to continue to enjoy the win, giving the retail and leisure industry a much-needed opportunity to make up lost revenues.”
Downing Street has said it will set out any celebrations such as a victory parade for the England team “in due course”.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “I don’t want to pre-empt the outcome of Sunday’s match. Clearly, we want England to go all the way and win the final, and then we will set out our plans in due course.
“We will hopefully, when England go on to win, then go on to set out our plans.”
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