England takes on Denmark tonight, and we in the office have got everything crossed that football is coming home this time. If England win tonight the Euro 2020 final will take place on Sunday and Boris Johnson has announced that he is extending the pub opening hours.
Pubs, which normally close at 10.30 pm, can serve up until 11:15 pm, which takes into account the possibility of extra time and penalties. No one wants to get ahead of themselves. Let’s not think that far ahead yet, but it is great news for those that will be sat in a pub to support their country.
The extending of the hours is also taking place as Downing Street is concerned about fans being told to get out of pubs and bars before the final whistle.
A No 10 source told the Sun: “As the entire nation comes together to enjoy the Euros final on Sunday, we’re putting extra time on licenses so fans can watch the whole game without fear of being kicked out before it’s over.
“And we’re backing England to make it there.”
Pubs look to make some series money tonight as Emma McClarkin, BBPA chief executive, says: “With England fans’ support, we hope that pubs will sell 6.8 million pints during the semi-final match.
“If the team goes on to win, a final at Wembley awaits, which would be a huge boost to our pubs and the nation. Come on England!”