Businesses and schools to open late on Monday to let fans enjoy Sunday final

Many businesses will give staff a lie-in on Monday to sleep off boozy celebrations if England win the Euros.

Even some schools are telling pupils to enjoy the 8pm kick off against Italy on Sunday evening and come in as late as 10:30am the next day.

The news comes as Gareth Southgate's England saw off Denmark on Wednesday to book their place in the final, meaning the manager could be the first since Alf Ramsey in 1966 to win a trophy.

Unions and HR experts have called for lenience from employers to avoid people calling in sick if they are denied leave.

TUC boss Frances O’Grady said: “Bosses should talk to staff and try to let people who want to watch games do so — either at work, or at home — and claim back working time afterwards.”

The Sun reports that even the PM wants bosses to go easy on staff who show up late.

“We would want businesses who feel able to consider it if they can," Boris Johnson’s spokesman said.

The paper also reported that head teacher Gemma Donnelly of Braywick Court School in Berkshire was among many telling parents she will accept pupils not coming in until 10.30am after staying up late to watch the final.

It could go to extra time and penalties, meaning that it could be as late as 11pm when the game finishes.

The PM has already tweaked the rules to accommodate extra time and penalties, after bringing an emergency tweak to the Commons to allow pubs to open until 11.15pm, as opposed to the normal closing time of 10.30pm on a Sunday.

Alan Price, chief executive at Bright HR, said: “Companies should make the most of the morale boost for the country after lockdowns, and encourage staff to book annual leave for the day.”

Around eight million workers, which is one in four, have already booked the day off and millions more are expected to throw sickies.

The Sun reported that the Government have plans to combat this, saying that officials are already drawing up proposals for a national day off so fans can celebrate free from Covid restrictions.

Pressed on the matter, the PM's official spokesman said: "I don't want to pre-empt the outcome of Sunday's match.

"Clearly we want England to go all the way and win the final, and then we will set out our plans in due course.

"We will hopefully, when England go on to win, then go on to set out our plans."

This follows over 300,000 people signing a petition to get the PM to sign off on a national holiday if Gareth Southgate's men overcome a fancied Italian side.

And Labour leader Keir Starmer has heaped the pressure on the PM to give fans a day to celebrate.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said: "The whole country is incredibly proud of what Gareth Southgate and our England heroes have achieved already. History has been made.

"If we win on Sunday, the country should get the chance to celebrate it properly with an extra bank holiday, granted in the name of the England team.

"I’ve got a strong feeling, it’s coming home."

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