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19th Apr 2019 in Business

Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (CQ BID) Manager, Gareth Neill, has today reminded restaurants and bars of the licensing laws that apply over the Easter holidays.

“We believe that our licensing laws need to be urgently reformed, but for now we have to abide by these laws,” he said. “Even if it is ridiculous that off licenses and supermarkets can sell beer, wine and spirits from eight in the morning on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday, licensed premises have to stick by the antiquated laws.”

These are:

Thursday, 18 April 2019 – Licensed premises may sell alcohol 11:30 – 23:00, those with a ‘late licence’ may sell alcohol until midnight.

Good Friday, 19 April 2019 – Licensed premises may sell only alcohol 17:00 – 23:00, even if they hold a late licence.

Easter Saturday, 20 April 2019 – Licensed premises may sell alcohol 11:30 – 23:00, those with a late licence may sell alcohol until midnight.

Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019 – Licensed premises may only sell alcohol 12:30 – 22:00, even if they hold a late licence. Off-licences are not allowed to sell alcohol at all.

Easter Monday and Tuesday, 22-23 April 2019 – As usual. Licensed premises may sell alcohol 11:30 – 23:00, and those with a late licence may sell alcohol until 01:00.

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