Everything closed for the Queen’s funeral Bank Holiday from shops to foodbanks and cinemas09/14/2022
As the nation continues to mourn for Queen Elizabeth II following her death at the age of 96 last week, many businesses across the country have decided to close their doors for a day as a show of respect for the late monarch.
On Monday 19th September, the day of the Queen’s funeral, everything from shops to cinemas and even doctor’s surgeries will close their doors to give their staff time to reflect on her majesty’s life.
A number of major events that were previously scheduled have also been cancelled as a part of respect, with the travel disruption caused by so many people heading to London for the funeral itself, also leading to several sporting fixtures also being cancelled.
We’ve compiled a list of the closures and cancellations below.
Museums & Galleries
Many iconic institutions on the British arts and culture scene have agreed to close on Monday for the funeral to take place. These include the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, The National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain which will be closed all day.
As a mark of respect to their former patron, London Zoo and its sister site Whipsawed will close all day on Monday September 19th, in order to honour the late Queen.
ZSL said in a statement: “Her passion for animals will be remembered and her legacy will live on as we continue to work for a world where wildlife thrives.”
Understandably, all Royal Historic palaces will close their doors on Monday for the state funeral as royal staff across the country bid the monarch a final farewell.
This includes the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.
After the news of the Queen’s death broke last week, many Premier League football fixtures and EFL games were cancelled last weekend as a mark of respect – however some matches will be returning this week it has now been confirmed.
Chelsea and Tottenham’s midweek European fixtures, Tottenham vs Leicester City on Saturday, Brentford vs Arsenal on Sunday and Everton vs West Ham also on Sunday are all confirmed to be going ahead.
As police resources are stretched across the country ahead of the funeral on Monday however, some games have been postponed to accommodate the changes. These include Crystal Palace’s Saturday away match against Brighton and Arsenal’s midweek Europa League clash with PSV, while Chelsea's Sunday away game against Liverpool has now also been moved.
Doctors surgeries & hospitals
As the day of the funeral is now classed as a bank holiday, Doctors surgeries across the country will also be closing their doors, with many hospital trusts across the country also cancelling outpatient appointments and scheduled elective procedures that were previously due to take place on Monday.
Out of hours services will still be available for those in medical need, as will A&E departments in the case of any medical emergency.
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While there has been no official announcement yet from the Society of London Theatres to say theatres are obliged to close for the funeral bank holiday, many West End venues have already taken the decision to close their doors on Monday.
Theatres showing performances of Hamilton, Mamma Mia! And Phantom of the Opera – some of the biggest productions currently running – will not be raising the curtain at all on Monday September 19.
Other major institutions such as the National Theatre, Old Vic and Shakespeare’s Globe will all also be closing, along with several smaller theatres too.
At the time of writing performances at the Royal Court, the Yard, the Bush and Southwark Playhouse however still appear to be going ahead – but this could be subject to change in the coming days.
Several food banks across the country have announced their intention to close on Monday as they continue to mourn the Queen.
A number of distribution centres and warehouses will shut across the UK on the bank holiday including in Stoke on Trent, Bristol, Liverpool, Stockport, Sunderland and County Durham.
The Trussell Trust has confirmed a number of its sites in Stoke will shut as the nation mourns.
As the majority of food banks are independently run, the decision whether to close has been left to the banks themselves.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “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.”
A number of cinema chains have announced their intention to close around the country on Monday, including Odeon and Cineworld will close all day.
Curzon by contrast, has announced its intention to close until the funeral has concluded, with normal programming resuming from 5pm onwards.
Meanwhile, Vue, Curzon, Reel Cinemas, Savoy, Arc and Picturedrome will be screening the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II for free on Monday, September 19 at select venues.
With the exception of Curzon, no other films will screen, and the cinemas will close following the conclusion of the funeral.
Large Tesco supermarkets will be closing all day, while smaller Express stores will be closed until 5pm, before reopening following the conclusion of the funeral.
Tesco UK chief executive John Tarry said: "We want to express our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, as well as our gratitude to Her Majesty The Queen for her unwavering service."
All Asda stores will be closed until 5pm on Monday, to allow employees to watch the historic funeral and to pay their respects.
An Asda spokesman said: "As a mark of respect for Her Majesty The Queen, all Asda stores will be closed on Monday September 19 until 5pm to allow our customers and colleagues to recognise the passing of our late monarch and commemorate her steadfast service to our nation.”
All online deliveries will be cancelled on Monday, with all stores closing at midnight on Sunday September18th, before reopening at 5pm on Monday.
Like its fellow competitors, budget grocery store Aldi will be closing on Monday for the Queen’s funeral.
Confirming the news in a twitter post, the company wrote: ”Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – As a mark of respect, all Aldi stores across the UK will close on Monday, September 19 to allow our store colleagues to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen."
Lidl has confirmed it too will be closing completely on Monday to mark the bank holiday.
Stores will return to normal hours on Tuesday September 20th.
Morrisons has also confirmed its intention to close all of its supermarkets on Monday in observance of the Queen’s funeral.
In a statement, a spokesperson said: "All our supermarkets will be closed on Monday September 19 as a mark of respect and so colleagues can pay tribute to Her Majesty," a spokeswoman for the supermarket said.
"At 5pm our petrol filling stations will reopen."
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Sainsburys and sister company Argos, have confirmed that both brands will be closed for the day, with all online deliveries scheduled for Monday also now being scrapped.
A Sainsbury's spokesperson said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In honour of Her Majesty and so our colleagues can pay their respects, all Sainsbury’s supermarkets and Argos stores will be closed on Monday, September 19.
"This includes Groceries Online and Argos Fast Track delivery. Our convenience stores and petrol filling stations will be open from 5pm to 10pm to allow our customers to pick up essential items, while select stores in central London will open to serve those attending the funeral in person.
"We thank our customers for their understanding.”
Waitrose and John Lewis have confirmed that both brands will close their doors for the day of the Queen’s funeral.
In a statement, the company said: "When full details of the funeral are confirmed, an exception may be a very limited number of Waitrose stores on the route of the funeral procession to serve members of the public who we know will be lining the route for many hours.
"These shops will, however, close for the funeral itself.”
No pub chains have so far confirmed any plans to close on Monday, with Wetherspoons even taking things one step further and offering discounted drinks on Thursday September 15, exactly one week on from the Queen’s death.
For local independent pubs, the decision will fall to individual landlords whether to open or not.
Other retailers who have announced their plans to close on Monday:
- John Lewis
- Kwik Fit
- Costa Coffee
- Pets at home
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