The government has decided to proceed with a licensing hours order to relax licensing hours for the Royal Wedding. The order has been laid on Tuesday 8 February. The effect of this order will allow licensed premises in England and Wales to open for an extra two hours from 11pm on Friday 29 April to 1am on Saturday 30 April and from 11pm on Saturday 30 April to 1am on Sunday 1 May for:
- the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises
- regulated entertainment
- late night refreshment (hot food and drink after 11pm) where alcohol is sold for consumption on the premises
The government has taken this decision as the Royal Wedding is a time of national celebration in which everyone should be able to participate.