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Licensing officers issue 2018 FIFA World Cup advice

June 8, 2018

Licensing officers in Northamptonshire are issuing advice to local businesses televising 2018 FIFA World Cup matches.

Here are ten points to bear in mind when planning your pub’s activity:

  • Consider contacting the police and/or your licensing officer to let them know in advance of your plans for showing World Cup events where there could be implications relating to crime & disorder and/or public safety. That way they can incorporate these plans into any actions they may be taking. 
  • Check your screening apparatus (TV aerials, connections) well in advance of showing of any matches to prevent disappointment and potential disruption to games.
  • Make sure that the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) is on duty if possible. If not, a duty manager should be available to oversee the event.  
  • Ensure sufficient staff numbers are in place to cope with the anticipated number of customers and are fully briefed regarding the law relating to the sale of alcohol, particularly underage and those who are heavily intoxicated.
  • Consider use of plastic glassware such as polycarbonate if necessary, particularly for use in outside areas. Instruct staff to carry out regular glass collections. This also aids regular supervision by your staff of all areas, not just those in sight of the bar area.
  • Think carefully about where TV screens are situated so as to avoid potential congestion. For similar reasons it is advisable, as far as possible, to prevent screens being viewed from outside the premises.
  • If you have CCTV, ensure that it is fully operational with all cameras recording. It would be advisable as good practice that a staff member able to operate the CCTV system is available.
  • Be sure to monitor and control smoking areas where appropriate, especially at half-time and at the end of the match.
  • Make sure that there is no excessive consumption of alcohol - remember it is an offence to continue to serve somebody who has had too much to drink. Consider food and soft drink offers if you feel it appropriate.
  • Be vigilant to the early signs of tension or trouble between customers and either take steps to safely intervene to prevent escalation, instruct door staff to intervene if on duty or, if necessary, call the police. 

Licensing Sergeant Martin O’Connell said: “The 2018 FIFA World Cup is a major opportunity to attract customers who want to watch live international football in the great atmosphere that pubs provide. 

“However these events can carry with them greater risks to your business, your staff, customers and the local community if they are not properly risk assessed and managed.  

“By following the ten points listed above, you will be doing your utmost to minimise any disruption and disorder. It is also worth mentioning how important it is to ensure your premises are appropriately licensed to televise the matches.”

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