QI understand that there is currently some legislation going through Parliament which would mean that I can open later hours on a Sunday if I have a special hours certificate to cover Sundays. However, someone mentioned that I might be able to open even later on Sundays before bank holidays. Is this true and if so, when are the bank holidays that this would apply to?
AIt is true that the Deregulation (Sunday Licensing) Order 2001 is currently progressing through Parliament. This will allow you to open later on a Sunday, provided you have a special hours certificate that covers Sundays, which most currently do not. The new order will allow you to open until 12.30am on a normal Sunday or until 2am, or 3am inside central London, on Sundays before bank holidays. These bank holidays include all public holidays which fall on a Monday except Christmas Day and Easter Monday. It is also worth knowing that next year there will be a Golden Jubilee bank holiday on June 3, which will give you one extra opportunity to open later on a Sunday.File under: 5 Permitted hours. March 5 2001