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World Cup pub opening hours – BBPA urges rethink from Home Office


Commenting on this weekend’s reports that pubs will not receive nationwide permission to stay open for late matches in World Cup 2014, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, says:

"It is extremely disappointing and I hope the Government will reconsider.

“For most people, pubs will be the best place to enjoy the live World Cup games in a great atmosphere. Given the time difference with Brazil, it would be a welcome boost for the industry.

"It would also spare thousands of pubs the cost, inconvenience, and uncertainly of applying individually for extensions to their opening hours."

Notes to editors:

The BBPA has twice asked the Home Office to extend pub opening hours for the World Cup 2014, and is awaiting a response from the Home Office to their request to extend the hours of England’s opening game against Italy which begins at 11pm UK time.

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain’s 49,500 pubs.


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