What is open, what is closed on the day of the Queen’s funeral


The government has declared the day an official holiday to pay tribute to the people, meaning all banks, the London Stock Exchange, public offices and most businesses will be closed.

It also means short notice—the vacation was confirmed a week ago several hospitals have postponed non-urgent procedures.

Monday is different from most UK public holidays in other ways. Hospitality and retail establishments that are usually open due to the surge in demand are closing their doors in respect of the late monarch.
A slowdown in business activity could hurt the UK economy at a difficult time. A two-day public holiday in June to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne caused a 0.6% drop in economic output that month, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Danni Hewson, an analyst at investment firm AJ Bell, told CNN Business that while the economic impact was difficult to estimate, the UK “is already heading into recession, so any hit to productivity will come at a price”.

Here are the unusual businesses that are closing up shop for the day, and a few that are still open:

which is open

The Vue cinema chain, unlike its main rivals, will keep some screens open for live funeral screenings. The broadcast starts at 10am and will last three hours, including the service at Westminster Abbey and parts of the Queen’s coffin procession.

Spectators will not have to pay an entrance fee, and they will be given a free bottle of water, but they will not be able to buy popcorn or other snacks and drinks.

Many pubs in the nation will serve the drink, however, while also broadcasting the funeral.

Greene King has more than 2,700 pubs across England, Wales and Scotland, making it the UK’s largest pub chain. A company spokesperson told CNN Business that its residences would open on Monday “for communities to gather to mourn and reflect together on the Queen’s life”.

JD Wetherspoon, the popular chain of around 840 pubs across the country, told CNN Business that most of its premises would. The funeral home will be closed during the service, but would open at around 1pm, central London and train stations and airports would remain open.

London hotels are already doing big business as people from all over the country and abroad flock to the capital. Many are now fully booked, and in some cases room rates have tripled.

Travelodge, With 78 budget hotels in London, he said his staff were working “around the clock” to prepare for the Queen’s funeral.

“[Our] Hotels in central London and Windsor are literally sold out, and demand is getting stronger for our hotels near a Greater London train or tube station,” a spokesperson told CNN Business.

The UK’s road and rail networks are expected to be busy. But there could be a break.

London’s Heathrow Airport is changing 15% of its flight schedule to reduce noise in central London during the funeral, meaning they will be cancelled.

which is closed

A Big Mac or pizza will be hard to find. Everything McDonald’s (MCD) Around 1,200 locations across the UK will be closed until 5pm on Monday.

Most Pizza Hut restaurants and delivery stores will be closed until 2 p.m. Monday after the funeral service, a company spokesperson confirmed to CNN Business.

Greggs, the popular bakery with more than 2,000 stores, said it would close its doors, while some franchise stores may remain open.

In addition to Vue, most cinemas, including those operated by Cineworld and Odeon, will be closed, and some theaters in London’s West End have canceled shows including Hamilton, Mary Poppins and The Phantom of the Opera.

Brits might want to stock up on some extra food this weekend.

Most major supermarkets – which are usually open for reduced hours on holidays – plan to close for the funeral.

Tesco (TSCDF), the country’s largest supermarket chain, will close its department stores for the day. Small shops would open in the evening. Other major supermarket chains, including Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Morrisons, also said they would close.
Other retailers to close include Harrods, Ikea, H&M (HNNMY)John Lewis, Argos and Primark.
Apple (AAPL) It confirmed to CNN Business that it would close all 39 stores in the country on Monday.

Marks & Spencer also said it would close its stores for the day, with a few exceptions in central London.

“With millions of people expected to travel on the day, we will be opening a small number of stores in the London and Windsor area to support those who are looking forward to buying food and refreshments,” the company said on its website.

– Morgan Povey, Jordan Valinsky, Alex Hardie, Sharon Braithwaite and Tamara Hardingham-Gill contributed to this report.