The government has declared the day an official holiday so that people can pay their respects. That means all banks, the London Stock Exchange, government offices and most businesses will be closed.
A short notice — the holiday was confirmed a week in advance — is also Some hospitals have postponed non-urgent procedures.
Danny Hewson, an analyst at investment firm AJ Bell, told CNN Business that although the economic impact is difficult to estimate, the UK is “already heading into recession, so any hit to productivity will come at a price. ” he said.
Below are a few businesses that are unusually closed for the day and some that remain open.
Cinema chain Vue will keep some venues open for live funeral screenings, unlike its main rival. The broadcast will begin at 10am and she will cover the service at Westminster Abbey and part of the Queen’s coffin procession for three hours.
Viewers do not have to pay for tickets and will be provided with free bottled water, but will not be able to purchase popcorn or other snacks or beverages.
However, many of the country’s pubs will serve drinks while broadcasting funerals.
Greene King is the UK’s largest chain with over 2,700 pubs in England, Wales and Scotland.A company spokesperson told CNN Business The venue will open on Monday “for the community to come together to mourn and reflect together on the Queen’s life”.
JD Wetherspoon, a popular chain with about 840 pubs nationwide, told CNN Business that most of its pubs It will be closed during the funeral, but will reopen at around 1:00 pm. Train stations and airports will remain open.
travelodge, The company, which operates 78 budget hotels in London, said staff were working “around the clock” for the Queen’s funeral.
“[Our] Central London and Windsor hotels are literally sold out, and there is increasing demand for hotels located near train and tube stations across Greater London,” a spokesperson told CNN Business.
The UK road and rail networks are expected to be busy. However, some failures may occur.
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Most of Pizza Hut’s restaurants and delivery locations will be closed until 2 p.m. Monday after the funeral, a company spokesperson confirmed to CNN Business.
Greggs, a popular bakery with more than 2,000 stores, said some of its franchises could remain open but would close.
Brits may also want to stock up on some additional groceries this weekend.
Most of the major supermarkets, which usually operate with reduced hours on public holidays, will be closed for the funeral.
Marks & Spencer also said it would close its stores for the rest of the day, with a few exceptions in central London.
The company said on its website, “With millions of mourners expected on the day, we will open a handful of stores in London and the Windsor area to support those who purchase food and snacks in a respectful manner.
— Morgan Povey, Jordan Valinsky, Alex Hardie, Sharon Braithwaite, and Tamara Hardingham-Gill contributed to the report.