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The Government will consult on relaxing licensing hours to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day. 

Kit Malthouse MP, the Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service announced to Parliament that: 

“The Government has decided to consult on a proposal to make an Order relaxing licensing hours in England and Wales to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day. The proposed Order will extend licensed opening hours from 11pm on Saturday 15 August 2020 until 1am the following morning on Sunday 16 August 2020, for premises licensed for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises and premises licensed for the provision of regulated entertainment.”

Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 allows the Secretary of State for the Home Department to make a Licensing Hours Orders relaxing opening hours for licensed premises (any premises with a premises licence or a club premises certificate) in England and Wales to mark an occasion of ‘exceptional international, national or local significance’.

There will be a short consultation on the plans to extend licensing hours for the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day with selected partners including representatives of licensing authorities, the police, residents’ groups, veterans’ groups, the licensed trade and the Welsh Government.

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in alcohol and entertainment licensing law, appeals and defence.

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