The Licensing Act 2003 (UEFA European Football Championship Licensing Hours) Order 2024

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(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order is made under section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 (c.17) (“the 2003 Act”). It relates to the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship to be held in Germany from 14th June 2024 to 14th July 2024. In publicity, the tournament is often referred to as “UEFA Euro 2024”.

The Secretary of State considers the climax of the tournament in its final week to be a celebration period for the purposes of section 172(1) of the 2003 Act. This Order provides for premises licences and club premises certificates to have effect during the specified times (to the extent that this is not already the case) as if the specified times were included in the opening hours under the licence or certificate.

The specified times are set out in article 2 and will only apply if a men’s senior team representing England or Scotland (“a home nation team”) plays in a specified match.

Article 3(2) provides that the Order only applies to licences and certificates which authorise licensable activities to be carried on up to or after the beginning of the period of the specified times.

Article 3(3) provides that the Order does not apply to –

(a) the sale by retail of alcohol for consumption off the premises,

(b) the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club for consumption off the premises, or

(c) the provision of regulated entertainment.

Article 3(4) provides that the Order permits premises to be used for the provision of late night refreshment at the specified times only if at those times the premises may also be used for the sale or supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises.

A full impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no, or no significant impact on the private, voluntary or public sector is foreseen. An economic note is annexed to the Explanatory Memorandum which is available alongside this instrument on www.legislation.gov.uk and is also available from the Alcohol Policy Team of the Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, SW1P 4DF.


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