It’s only the second time that the first May bank holiday date has been moved. The previous time was in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day. The problem this time is that the government has only given 11 months’ notice, whereas the first time there was 18 months’ notice.
Hilary Hall, NHF/NBF chief executive advises “check that your software is updated or your appointment books are correct – and get them changed if necessary. Make sure your staff know that the bank holiday is being moved from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May so it’s a switch, not an extra day’s holiday. There are no plans to change the end of May bank holiday which is set for Monday 25 May 2020.”