As the England men's football team prepares to make history tonight when they play in the final of a major tournament for the first time in 55 years, hundreds of thousands of people will be glued to their TV screens this evening.

Such is the occasion that some businesses have taken the decision to let their staff finish early this evening in order to be home in time for kick-off at 8pm.

It's as many schools are allowing pupils to go in an hour later tomorrow, in order to be able to stay up to watch the match.

Businesses shutting early include:

Co Op stores across Cornwall (including Falmouth, Mullion, Rosudgeon, Truro, Redruth, Penzance, St Ives and Perranporth)

The company said: "It's not just football coming home, our colleagues are going home! All our stores in England are closing at 7.45pm on Sunday. #It'sComingHome"

Helston Spar

Normally open until 10pm on Sunday, the shop is closing at 7.30pm for tonight only.

It said: "As you are all aware, England have made it through to the finals of the Euro 2020 and as a thank you to all our hard working staff, for all the work and dedication they have shown through a very tough time, we are closing early to allow them to get behind their country.

"So make sure you come in early and stock up on all your essential match items. We are fully stocked and look forward to seeing you all before the match."

Spar St Keverne

The store will also be closing at 7.30pm, saying: "After all the hard work the team has put in, this Sunday we will be closing early with the rest of our company owned stores to celebrate with the nation what will be a historic moment!"

Spar Penryn

The shop has said: "We will be closing at 7.30pm on Sunday so our staff are able to watch the Euro 2020 final. We hope you understand the decision and apologise for any disruption caused."

And it's not just shops that are closing early. One pub in Falmouth has also taken the decision to close during today, to give staff the chance to regroup after weeks of "challenging" staff levels.

5 Degrees West Falmouth

The pub said it was with "a heavy heart" that it was announcing it would be closed on Sunday.

It explained: "As is the case with other venues, we are finding staffing levels extremely challenging at present.

"For the staff that are available they are in much need of a day off to regroup. We hope you can understand this decision.

"We apologise in advance for all of you looking forward to visiting us. Please can you spread the word for people who may have made plans to join us, not just for the football but throughout the day / eve.

"We will be cheering the national team home on Sunday evening in the hope we win our first major tournament since the famous '66. 'It’s Coming Home'."

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