- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 1, 2010

WASHINGTON | District bars will be allowed open earlier for soccer fans during the World Cup under legislation passed by the D.C. Council.

Bars currently cannot open and serve alcohol before 10 a.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. on week days and Saturday. But the legislation passed Tuesday by the D.C. Council would allow bars to open at 7 a.m. Monday through Sunday during the World Cup — June 11 to July 11. Bars would not be able to serve alcohol any earlier under the legislation, however.

The legislation was proposed by councilman Jim Graham. South Africa, where the World Cup is being played, is six hours ahead of Washington. That means games will be played as early as 7:30 a.m. here.

The legislation is expected to be signed by the mayor.

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