Pubs set to open longer during FIFA World Cup

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Holloway Road locals react to government’s decision to extend pub closing times to one a.m. during the first two weeks of the FIFA World cup.

The Prime Minister David Cameron has decided that pubs in England will close at 1 a.m. during the first two weeks of this year’s FIFA World Cup.

Pubs in the UK are unable to supply full and live coverage of the game with the current regulations due to the vast time difference in the game between the hosts Brazil and England.

Sammy Heil, a Holloway local, 28, said: “It shouldn’t be allowed to happen, even with pubs closing at 11 p.m. every week there are fights and arguments, it can only get worse if pubs remain open for longer.”

Over four million people tuned in to watch England’s opening game for the 2010 World Cup, and with approximately £20 million estimated to be generated for the economy during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, many believe it is easy to see why this would have the backing of pub owners and the prime minister.

University academic Thanos Gkelias, 37, who has lived in Holloway Road for five years, said how pubs extending their closure time may shrink the number of drunken consumers and alcohol-related incidents.

“I guess people will have more time to relax and drink, so there is no need to drink a certain amount by a certain time.”

“Other countries have less restrictions but they experience very little alcohol-related accidents,” he added.

The Home Office had previously said that individual pubs can apply for a one-off late license for £21 within “exceptional circumstances”, but was ordered for a rethink by David Cameron. The one-off licences were estimated to cost a total of £738,000 for all pubs in England but was opposed by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), which represents 50,000 pubs in the UK.

Brigid Simmonds, chief Executive of the BBPA was enthusiastic about the rethink. She said: “I am delighted that the prime minister has intervened to back Britain’s pubs and make clear that England’s World Cup campaign is a time for celebrations.”


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