Pubs and bars giant Stonegate to keep venues open for Queen’s funeral

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Britain’s largest pub group has said it plans to keep the venue open next Monday and show footage of the Queen’s funeral.

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It comes as most retailers have said they will close their doors during the day in honor of the Queen.

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However, Stonegate, which runs about 4,500 pubs and bars, said its managed spaces would remain open to allow punters to celebrate the life of the Queen.

Walkabout and the owner of Slug & Lettuce said its lease and rent pub operators will decide separately whether to open their doors on a day that is a public bank holiday.

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A spokeswoman for the Stonegate Group said: “The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a momentous and sad occasion.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time.

“Our managed pubs, bars and venues remain open and, where possible, will show funerals on Monday 19 September to honor his life and service.

“In our leased and tenanted estates, our pub partners will make an independent decision that applies to their business and community.

“Please visit their website and social media accounts to find out what’s going on in your nearest pub.”

Meanwhile, Heineken’s pub arm, Star Pubs & Bars, said it may keep some venues open for the day as well, allowing independent leaseholders to make decisions.

Star Managing Director Lawson MountStevens said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

“Our thoughts are with the royal family and the nation as a whole, whose hearts he has captured and whose respect he has earned through years of selfless service.

“We know that millions of people across the UK would like to come together at their local pub to celebrate his life, share memories and pay their respects.

“Star Pubs & Bars property includes a variety of individual pubs that are leased to independent licensees to run as their own.

“The licensees will work to choose the most appropriate and appropriate way to honor their pubs and to mark this sad occasion.

“This will include which opening hours on September 19 will meet the needs of their local community or whether to close.”

There is no requirement for hospitality operators or retailers to close their doors on funeral day.

The government’s guidance is: “Some businesses may consider closing or postponing events, particularly on the day of state funerals, however, this is at the discretion of individual businesses.”

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