Christmas opening hours

Christmas opening hours

November 13, 2018

Community pharmacy contractors do not have to open on days which are specifically mentioned in the 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 their local NHS England team.

In December, contractors in England will not be required to open on the following days (unless otherwise directed by their local NHS England team):

  • Christmas Day (25th December 2018)
  • Boxing Day (26th December 2018)

Contractors will also not be required to open on New Year’s Day which falls on Tuesday 1st January 2019.

PSNC’s annual opening hours factsheet provides contractors with a quick reference guide on which public and bank holidays pharmacies can close without giving notice. This is available to download here.



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