Public & Bank Holiday Opening Requirements

Public and Bank Holiday Opening Requirements

For 2019, all NHS community pharmacies in England will not be required to open on the following days (unless otherwise directed by their local NHS England team):

Christmas Day (25 December 2018)

Boxing Day (26 December 2018)

New Year’s Day (1 January 2019)

Good Friday (19 April 2019)

Easter Sunday (21 April 2019)

Easter Monday (22 April 2019)

Early May Bank Holiday (6 May 2019)

Spring Bank Holiday (27 May 2019)

Summer Bank Holiday (26 August 2019)

Christmas Day (25 December 2019)

Boxing Day (26 December 2019)

The dates for 2020 are as follows:

Name of holiday

Date in 2020

Day of the week

New Years’ Day*

1st January


Good Friday

10th April


Easter Sunday

12th April


Easter Monday*

13th April


Early May Bank Holiday (VE day)*

8th May


Spring Bank Holiday*

25th May


Summer Bank Holiday*

31st August


Christmas day

25th December


Boxing day*

28th December (substitute day)


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. The factsheet for 2019 was published in the July 2018 CPN and is available to download here.

The factsheet for 2020 can be accessed here.