Boxing Day 2020 Opening Hours

Boxing Day 2020 Opening Hours

September 18, 2020

Contractors are reminded that this year Boxing Day (26 December 2020) is a Saturday, a normal day for the purposes of community pharmacy opening hours. Therefore, pharmacies must open on the 26th for any core and supplementary hours. The substitute bank holiday for Boxing Day this year is Monday 28 December, when contractors do not have to open.

Contractors do not have to open on days which are specifically mentioned in the relevant NHS Regulations (namely Christmas Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday) or a day which has been specifically designated as a ‘bank holiday’, unless directed to open by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I).

If contractors want to reduce any supplementary hours, for example, to close early, they must give notice to NHSE&I at least 3 months in advance, unless NHSE&I agrees otherwise. So, the last day to give notice for 26 December, for any guaranteed reduction in supplementary hours, is on 26 September, and NHSE&I must receive the notification, for example, by email, on or before that date.

Contractors must always ensure that their respective entries in the NHS Directory of Services (DoS) and NHS website are up to date and are encouraged to do this as early as possible for any holiday period.

Further PSNC information on bank holiday opening is available for 2020 and 2021.

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