Closure of tourist sites and supermarkets for the Queen’s funeral

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High street shops and major tourist attractions will close next Monday to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

National Trust sites and English heritage attractions across the country will be closed, as will a number of major museums and galleries.

But holiday company Center Parcs has drawn a storm of criticism after announcing it would order holidaymakers to vacate its five UK sites on the day of the funeral from 10am.

Guests on a seven-day holiday – which typically cost upwards of £1,000 ($1,154) for a family of four at this time of year – will be forced to stay overnight or fly home early .

Those due to arrive on Monday for shorter stays have the option of starting their breaks a day later.

Center Parcs said it made this decision “out of respect and to allow as many of our colleagues as possible to be part of this historic moment”.

Customers expressed their anger on the Center Parcs Facebook page.

“We were five related families who got together for our annual family vacation – with two young children and two dogs, three hours from our house!” we wrote. “Sorry, but this is a terrible and terrible decision that has devastated us. Of course, close restaurants and activities, but let’s stay on the park!!” another wrote.

Tourist attractions

“As a mark of respect, English Heritage is closing all sites on Monday September 19 for Her Majesty The Queen’s State Funeral,” the organization said.

National Trust homes, gardens, cafes and shops will also be closed on the day of the funeral.

The trust said the coast and countryside car parks and reserved lodges and campsites will remain open to visitors.

“National Trust places will remain open during the period of mourning to provide a place of reflection for members and visitors,” the charity said.

The National Trust cares for hundreds of stately homes and other historic properties and gardens, as well as over 242,800 hectares of countryside and over 1,255 kilometers of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. North.

Meanwhile, the National Trust for Scotland said buildings and gardens would be closed while campaign sites would remain open on the day of the funeral.

Main street closed

Sainsbury’s and Aldi have also told shoppers they will keep their stores closed on September 19, when the Queen’s state funeral takes place. LIdl, Co-op Morrisons, Marks & Spencer are also closed. Asda said it would be closed until 5 p.m.

Poundland, with 770 stores, DIY retailers B&Q, Currys and Toolstation and furniture chain Dreams, are all expected to be closed for Monday’s funeral – which has been declared a public holiday – along with John Lewis and Primark stores.

Major cinema chains, including Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase, will close for the day.

Other movie chains, including Curzon and Arc, opted to screen the funeral for free while canceling the rest of their programming that day.

Sainsbury’s said it would close its main Argos supermarkets and stores on the day of the funeral, but would keep convenience stores and petrol stations open through the evening.

Dreams chief executive Jonathan Hirst said: “Our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time. We will close all areas of our business, including our stores, and suspend all deliveries on Monday September 19 so that our colleagues can come together with the rest of the country to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.

Poundland said: “We know how important it will be for our colleagues to have the opportunity to pay their respects next Monday as the country comes together to honor and celebrate the Queen’s life.”

Supermarket rival Aldi also confirmed it would close all its stores for the day.

“As a mark of respect, all Aldi stores in the UK will close on Monday September 19 to allow our store colleagues to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen,” the company said on Twitter.

Primark has confirmed it will close all of its 191 high street stores next Monday. The fashion value chain said its stores will reopen for normal hours the following day.

“Our UK stores, depots and head office will be closed on Monday September 19 to give our colleagues the opportunity to pay their respects and attend the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” a Primark representative said. .

John Lewis has confirmed that it will also be closing all of its stores as a mark of respect.

Parent company, the John Lewis Partnership, said it would close John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets all day for the funeral.

Retailers are not required to close on the day of the funeral and others may choose to open for reduced hours, as many regularly do on other holidays.

Government guidance reads: “Some businesses may consider closing or postponing events, particularly on the day of the state funeral, but this is at the discretion of individual businesses.”

Updated: September 13, 2022, 3:17 p.m.

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