During the 2014 Fifa World Cup, pubs in England and Wales will stay open until 1am for English team matches that kick off at 8pm or later.
English football fans are undoubtedly delighted by the fact that they can enjoy a drink beyond the normal UK pub closing hours.
Although Home Office minister Norman Baker rejected initial calls for pubs to stay open late, his decision was overruled by Prime Minister David Cameron.
In a written ministerial statement, Home Secretary Theresa May said: “The Government has consulted on whether to relax licensing hours nationally for England matches with late kick off times during the FIFA World Cup in June and July 2014.” She said the government decided to “relax licensing hours nationally to mark England’s participation in the tournament.”
Not everyone is happy about the decision. Dr Clifford Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, said letting pubs stay open late was an “unwelcome move” that “made no sense”.
He further said: “The consequences of alcohol abuse are seen daily in the country’s emergency departments and manifest themselves as injuries, as well as acute and chronic illnesses.”
Let us know in the comments section what you think about the later closing times.