Police issue Easter drinking reminder

THE PSNI in South Derry have issued a reminder about the permitted opening hours of licensed premises over the Easter period.

Today (Thursday), the hours are 11.30am – 11pm, with half-an-hour drinking up time. Only premises with an Article 44, ‘late licence’, may remain open to serve alcohol until 12am midnight (with half-an-hour drinking up time).

On Good Friday the hours are 5pm to 11pm, with half-an-hour drinking-up time. No additional hours are allowed. Off-licences may open from 8am to 11pm.

On Saturday, April 7th, the hours are 11.30am to 11pm, with half-an-hour drinking-up time. Premises with an Article 44 licence or a l’ate licence’ can stay open to midnight, with half-an-hour drinking-up time.

The permitted hours for Easter Sunday are 12.30pm to 10pm with half-an-hour drinking-up time. No additional hours are allowed and off-licences are not permitted to open.

Normal opening hours apply to Easter Monday and Easter Tuesday.

Licensing officer for G-District, Constable Paul Larkin, has asked people to abide by the law to ensure a peaceful Easter for everyone: “Police are keen to see that people enjoy themselves without getting into trouble and without causing annoyance to others. Police will be watching out for offences and inspecting off-licences, licensed premises and places noted for illegal public drinking.”