Several major supermarkets and retailers have announced that they will close temporarily during the Queen’s funeral on Monday 19th September, following King Charles III’s announcement that this day will be a public bank holiday across the United Kingdom to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral.
This bank holiday will allow individuals, businesses and other organisations to pay their respects and commemorate Her Majesty’s reign, while marking the final day of the period of national mourning.
The choice to close businesses will be at the discretion of individual firms according to the official guidance that has been issued.
In a statement, the government said the holiday “will be a unique national moment, and we would encourage employers to respond sensitively to requests from workers who wish to take time off.”
“The government cannot interfere in existing contractual arrangements between employers and workers. However, we would expect that many workers will be able to take the day off on the bank holiday.”
These major supermarkets have decided to remain closed, with very limited exceptions:
Waitrose will close the majority of its branches with a small number expected to remain open on the funeral route to serve the thousands of people expected to line the route, a spokesperson has said.
Sainsbury’s and it’s Argos outlets will also close, including online groceries, however their convenience stores and petrol filling stations will be open from 5pm-10pm to allow customers to pick up essential items. Select stores in central London will open to serve those attending the funeral in person.
Aldi and Lidl will close all stores.
Marks and Spencer clothing stores will close on Monday, and the business is also looking at ways of closing down more of its food stores or limiting opening hours.
It has also been reported that Tesco, Asda and Morrisons will close for around four hours during the Queen’s funeral.
Other stores that have decided to close in order to mark their respect, and allow colleagues to pay tribute to the Queen, include:
It is expected that more stores will announce closures in the upcoming days. Follow us for updates.
Cinemas to screen the Queen’s funeral for free on Monday
Around 150 cinemas across the UK will open on Monday to allow people to watch the Queen’s state funeral for free, while suspending the screening of films, to allow the public to mourn together.
Vue, Curzon and Arc will all screen the funeral proceedings free of charge at select venues from 10am. The funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey.
Vue has cinemas in Gateshead, Cramlington and Hartlepool and will suspend normal scheduling on the national day of mourning. The chain issued a statement to inform the public that: “Seats will be free of charge and our retail offering on this day will be limited to complimentary bottled water during the broadcast, with no other snacks or drinks available for purchase.”
In addition, they will also screen the London Procession in the majority of their UK venues on Wednesday, 14 September, live from 1.30pm. On this day all other screens will be open showing film content as normal.
Other cinemas across the UK have decided to offer this too, including Arc Cinema, Reel Cinemas, Picturedome and Savoy.
The largest cinema chains, Odeon and Cineworld, will remain closed alongside Picturehouse, Showcase and The Light.
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North East foodbanks to close on Monday as the Queen’s funeral is held
Several foodbanks across the North East will close their warehouses and distribution centres this Bank Holiday Monday, the day the Queen’s funeral is being held.
In the North East, Gateshead Foodbank has announced that it will be closed on Monday to reopen the following day. Sunderland and County Durham Foodbank will also be closed, as well as their foodbank warehouse.
It was announced that the day of the Queen’s funeral would be a bank holiday by King Charles III this weekend, as a national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey. The public will be able to pay their respects 24 hours a day for four days until 6.30am on Monday, while the Queen lies in state in the Palace of Westminster.
The Trussell Trust work to stop UK hunger and poverty, and their network of foodbanks provides emergency food and support to people in crisis. A spokesperson told the Mirror that food banks across the country were given the option to close or stay open depending on the needs of their community.
They clarified that “foodbanks are all independent, but we have emailed saying it is a bank holiday and they can decide what to do. It really depends on the local need on the ground, the volunteers will know if they are particularly quiet on a Monday, or if it is a busier day.”
The decision to close a number of foodbanks has proved to be controversial, with some slamming the move as classist. What are your thoughts?
Memorial service for the Queen to be held at Newcastle Cathedral
Newcastle Cathedral is set to hold a memorial service for the Queen, on Sunday 18 September.
The service will take place at 4pm, a day ahead of the Queen’s Funeral which will take place the following morning at Westminster Abbey.
The service will be one of Commemoration and Thanksgiving for the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
It will be open to members of the public. However, the capacity in the cathedral is limited and so people are advised to arrive early as entry will be on a first come basis.
The Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, the High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear and the Acting Bishop of Newcastle will all be in attendance as well as the full Cathedral Choir.
Very Revd Geoff Miller, The Dean of Newcastle, issued a statement on behalf of the Cathedral: “It is with great sadness that, alongside people across our nation and the Commonwealth, we heard the news of the death of Elizabeth, our Queen and Governor.
“We at the Cathedral in Newcastle will approach this period of national mourning not only in grief but in deep gratitude to her for a long and dignified reign, in which her wisdom and graciousness have enabled stability, progress and a growing desire for goodwill among all people. She has been our Queen through many challenging times and has unfalteringly sought the good for our nation and its citizens. For this, we give thanks, and now we pray that she may rest in peace.
“Together, inspired by her spirit of commitment and graciousness, we shall look forward to the future and give loyal support to her successor, the King, in the sure knowledge that her example will inspire him and us. God Save the King.”
You can watch the service on the cathedral’s YouTube channel as it is being live-streamed.
On Sunday, at the start of the funeral service in London, two minutes of silence will be observed in St Nicholas Square.
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