Pubs in Wales will be able to stay open late for England World Cup matches.
Welsh pubs were not initially included in the legislation however, following complaints, the Home Office has now extended the licensing hours to include Welsh pubs too.
Regulations have been laid which permits premises to apply for a temporary event notice for England’s World Cup games, and Ministers also have the power to relax the rules to mark an occasion of “exceptional international, national or local significance”.
The extension could be used by pubs in Wales for England’s opening game against Italy on Saturday, 14 June, which is expected to kick off at 23:00 BST.
Crime prevention minister Norman Baker said: “We want everyone to get behind the England football team this summer.
“The government has already relaxed licensing hours in England for the World Cup and some people in Wales have said they would like longer opening hours too.
“That is why we have introduced legislation to make it easier and cheaper for pubs across Wales to extend their licensing hours.”
Commenting on the move by the Government to help Welsh pubs with extra hours for the World Cup, just as they have in England, Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, said:
“It’s great news that the Government has taken action to ensure pubs and pubgoers in Wales will now find it easier to enjoy the England games in pubs throughout Wales.
“Wherever you are, when it comes to enjoying the huge excitement of the World Cup, only being at the game itself can compare with being in the pub.”