Pubs allowed to stay open until 1am on King Charles’s coronation weekend | UK News
Pubs will be allowed to stay open until 1am on King Charles’s coronation weekend.
People will be able to enjoy an “extra pint or two” between Friday 5 May and Sunday 7 May, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said.
Extending closing time for two hours beyond the normal 11pm was backed by 77% of the public who took part in a month-long consultation.
Ms Braverman will lay an order before parliament on Monday, using section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003, which allows longer opening hours to mark occasions of exceptional significance.
The coronation will be a “momentous occasion deserving of special celebration”, she said, adding: “That is why I am extending the licensing hours over this historic coronation weekend.
“Up and down the country, people can enjoy an extra pint or two in the evening while families and friends can come together to wish His Majesty The King a long and happy reign.”
Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said the extra hours were a “timely boost for the pub industry”.
She continued: “In the midst of an acutely challenging period, I am sure our pubs will look to mark this joyous occasion by hosting special events and parties as part of national celebrations.
“The announcement of extended opening hours will help us all to mark this important event.
“I would encourage everyone to head down to their local and raise a toast to His Majesty during the coronation weekend.”
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In another development, people are being encouraged to share how they will be celebrating the coronation on a digital map set up by the government.
These events could include lunches, street parties and volunteering activities.
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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will be hosting a “Big Lunch” at Downing Street, where community volunteers will be among the guests.
“We want everyone up and down the country to have the opportunity to get involved in the coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort,” Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said.
“Our interactive map will help you find activities, events and celebrations nearby.”
The coronation will take place on the Saturday morning at Westminster Abbey, with the Coronation Big Lunch the following day.