The Queen: Are shops open following the Queen’s death?

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The Queen: Are shops open following the Queen’s death?

September 8 saw the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the nation went into mourning.

The official period of mourning for the Royal Family will be for one week after her funeral, but the day after her death (September 9) has been a day of tributes from the public, high-profile names, and organisations.

Google has greyed out its search engine in honour of the Queen and tributes have been flooding in from celebrities globally.

While September 9 is not an official bank holiday, some businesses may be observing different schedules and opening times.

Are shops open following The Queen’s death?

Shops and supermarkets are largely open.

The official government advice is: “There is no obligation on organisations to suspend business during the national mourning period.

“Depending on the nature and location of their business and the tone of planned events, some businesses may wish to consider closing or postponing events, especially on the day of the state funeral, however this is at the discretion of individual businesses.”

Selfridges is the first big brand to close, on Friday, September 9, as a mark of respect for the Queen, with major retail brands like Waitrose, Tesco, Primark, Boots, and other major chains all remaining open.

It is expected but not yet confirmed that the day of the Queen’s funeral will be a bank holiday, likely on Monday, September 19.

What is the law on businesses staying open and sporting events going ahead following The Queen’s Death?

The Government released guidance to businesses and sporting events earlier today, advising there is no need for businesses to close or sporting events to be cancelled during the national mourning period, reported The Guardian.

They have said some business owners and event organisers may wish to consider closing or postponing events, especially on the day of the state funeral, depending on the nature and tone, but there is no law that says they need to do so.

Regarding sporting, cultural, and other entertainment events, the guidance is that organisers are free to decide whether they want to cancel or not.

It adds: “As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the state funeral. They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of individual organisations.”

If events do go ahead on the day of the funeral, the Government suggests that organisations may want to adjust the event timings so they do not clash with the timings of the funeral service and associated processions. It also says: “As a mark of respect, and in keeping with the tone of national mourning, organisers may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the start of events or sporting fixtures, and players may wish to wear black armbands.”