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Footy fans will get longer in the pub to watch the Euro 2020 final on Sunday night – even if it goes all the way to penalties.
Boozers will been allowed to stay open for an extra 45 minutes so supporters don't miss a kick if the match remains level at the end of normal time – regardless of whether England beat Denmark in tomorrow night's semi-final.
Boris Johnson this morning agreed to let pubs remain open for longer for the match, meaning closing time will be extended until 11.15pm, Metro reports.
The move will surely add even more excitement for the big game, which could see England playing in their first major cup final for 55 years.
With crowd numbers down due to lockdown restrictions, millions of Brits are thought to be heading to a local boozer to watch the final, which kicks off at 8pm.
But there were fears punters could miss out if the match went into extra-time, which would extend beyond the usual closing time of 10.30pm.
While announcing Covid restrictions would be lifted on July 19, the prime minister called on England fans to show their support "enthusiastically, but in a responsible way".
"As the entire nation comes together to enjoy the Euros final on Sunday, we’re putting extra time on licenses so fans can watch the whole game without fear of being kicked out before it’s over.," a government source reportedly told the Sun.
"And we’re backing England to make it there."
England's quarter-final win over Ukraine on Saturday night led to wild celebrations across the country and booked the Three Lions' place in a major semi-final for the first time since Euro 96.
Pub rules, face masks and social distancing will end on July 19 confirms Boris
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, meanwhile, is offering footy fans in the capital the chance to win tickets for the final if they book their first Covid jab by Thursday.
Two seats for Sunday's eagerly-awaited match and 50 pairs of tickets for the fan zone in Trafalgar Square are up for grabs.
The campaign aims to increase the number of young people getting vaccinated after it emerged that London has the lowest rate of vaccine uptake in the UK.
- Boris Johnson
- Euro 2020
- England Football Team
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