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

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

The government has declared the holiday to allow people to pay their respects, meaning all banks, the London Stock Exchange, public offices and most businesses will close.

The short notice – the holiday was confirmed a week ago – also means several hospitals have postponed elective procedures.

Monday differs in other respects from most UK public holidays. Hospitality and retail venues that typically remain open to take advantage of increased demand are closing out of respect for the late monarch.

The 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 contributed to a 0.6% decline 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 it’s hard to estimate the economic impact, the UK is “already heading into a recession, so any blow to productivity will have a price”.

Here is an overview of the businesses that – exceptionally – are closing their doors for the day and the few that remain open:

What is open

The Vue cinema chain, unlike its main rivals, will keep certain rooms open for live funeral screenings. The show will start at 10 a.m. and run for three hours, covering the service at Westminster Abbey as well as parts of the Queen’s coffin procession.

Viewers won’t have to pay for tickets and they’ll get a free bottle of water, but they won’t be able to buy popcorn or other snacks and drinks.

However, many pubs across the country will be serving drinks while streaming the funeral.

Greene King operates over 2,700 pubs in England, Wales and Scotland, making it the largest chain in the UK. A company spokesperson told CNN Business that her halls would open on Monday “for communities to come together to mourn and reflect together on the Queen’s life”.

JD Wetherspoon, a popular chain with about 840 pubs across the country, told CNN Business that most of its sites would be would be closed during the funeral but would open from around 1pm, while those in central London and stations and airports would remain open.

London hotels are already doing big business as people from across the country and overseas flock to the capital. Many are now full, while room rates have tripled in some cases.

Travelodge, which has 78 budget hotels in London, said its staff were working “around the clock” in preparation for the Queen’s funeral.

“[Our] hotels in central London and Windsor are literally full and demand is growing for our hotels near a train or tube station across Greater London,” said a doorman. speak to CNN Business.

UK road and rail networks are expected to be busy. But there could be disruptions.

London Heathrow Airport is changing 15% of its flight schedule to reduce noise over central London during the funeral, meaning there will be cancellations.

What is closed

Finding a Big Mac or a pizza will be difficult. All McDonald’s (MCD) around 1,200 sites across the UK will be closed until 5pm on Monday.

The majority of Pizza Hut restaurants and delivery stores will remain closed until 2 p.m. Monday after the funeral is over, a company spokesperson confirmed to CNN Business.

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

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

The Brits may also want to stock up on a few more races this weekend.

Most major supermarkets – which normally remain open on public holidays for a reduced number of hours – plan to close for the funeral.

Tesco (TSCDF), the country’s largest supermarket chain, will close its largest stores on the day. The little shops would open in the evening. Other major supermarket chains, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Morrisons, have also said they will also close.

Other retailers planning to close include Harrods, Ikea, H&M (HNNMY)John Lewis, Argos and Primark.

Apple (AAPL) confirmed to CNN Business that it will close all of its 39 stores nationwide on Monday.

Marks & Spencer also announced that it would close its outlets all day, with some exceptions in central London.

“Due to the millions of mourners expected on that day, we will have a small number of stores open in the London and Windsor area to help those paying their respects purchase food and refreshments,” the statement said. company on its website.

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

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