Although most of the 851 ‘Spoon’ pubs around the UK will open later than usual
UB chain JD Weatherspoon is opening all of its central London locations from 8am to midnight on Monday to provide something to eat and drink for the millions of mourners who flock to the capital on the day of the Queen’s funeral.
The Tim Martin-headed company also said that outlets at train stations and airports will also remain open during the same hours. Its 57 hotels will be able to serve residents only.
But most 851 “spoon” pubs around the UK will open later than usual, around 1 a.m., after a state funeral and during normal business hours thereafter.
King Charles has approved a new bank holiday for Monday to “allow individuals, businesses and other organizations to pay respects to Her Majesty”.
Several major retailers have announced that they will be taking their days off to allow employees to pay their respects.
Supermarket chains Waitrose, M&S, Aldi, Lidl, Asda and John Lewis have said they will close as a sign of respect to the Queen.
McDonald’s has said it will close its UK restaurant as a mark of respect on the day of the funeral.
The fast-food giant, which has 1,300 sites across the UK, said outlets would be allowed to reopen at 5 pm.
In a statement on Twitter, McDonald’s said: “In honor of HM Queen Elizabeth II and to enable everyone at McDonald’s to pay their respects, our restaurants across the UK are closed from midnight to 5pm on Monday 19 September Will stay.”
The company has said that delivery will also not be available after 5 pm.
Normal daily life in the country will be suspended on Monday, with hospital bookings, sporting events and court hearings affected.
Other hospitality firms have joined JD Weatherspoon and announce that they will continue to operate.
Pub group Stonegate said it would keep venues open on Monday and plans to screen the Queen’s funeral.
Premier Inn owner Whitbread also confirmed that it will keep its hotel and restaurant open as usual.
Downing Street has indicated that it is up to individual businesses to decide how to get a bank holiday.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said on Wednesday that the day of the funeral would operate as “a standard bank holiday”.
“Obviously individual businesses will need to decide and discuss with their employees what is right for them, but there is clearly no one-size-fits-all approach.”
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