No cinema, no shopping and no McDonalds – seven things not to do during Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in the UK

Businesses across the UK will close their doors as a mark of respect during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday.

When the day of the funeral is declared a public holiday, a number of daily services are disrupted.

GP surgeries, some flights and school classes will also be closed as organizations try to allow staff to pay their respects to the late monarch.

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A large number of retailers will close to the public on Monday 19th September.

Supermarket giants Aldi, Lidl and Morrisons are closing while Asda opens at 5pm.

Tesco will close all large stores and express stores will open at 5pm.

During the national period of mourning, which ends after Monday’s funeral, Morrisons has turned down the “beep” sound at its registers and stopped playing music in stores.

Primark will close all of its stores along with department store chain John Lewis on Monday. Homeware stores Ikea, Homebase and B&Q will also close.


London’s Heathrow Airport canceled 200 flights on Monday to prevent “noise disturbances” during the Queen’s funeral.

Mourners have been warned to expect huge transport demands at train stations in London on Monday.

British Cycling had issued guidelines telling cyclists not to use their bikes during the Queen’s funeral, but has since apologized and revised their guidelines.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority said there would be restrictions in airspace over and around London in the coming days and up until the evening of September 19.

Drone flights over central London have also been banned in the run-up to the Queen’s funeral.

medical attention

Hospitals across the UK have postponed “non-urgent” consultations and procedures, including maternity appointments, surgery and some cancer treatments.

Family practices and most public pharmacies will also be closed.

Emergency and emergency care will continue on Monday.

learning and childcare

Schools and universities will remain closed on Monday, and many kindergartens and preschools will not open either.


Most major UK cinema chains such as Odeon, Showcase and Cineworld will close on the day.

Some operators like Vue, Curzon and Arc will use their cinemas to show the Queen’s funeral to the public for free.

PureGym, one of the UK’s biggest chains, will close locations between 10am and 2pm on Monday.

Center Parcs in the UK has reversed a decision to close its accommodation for the Queen’s funeral on Monday after facing public backlash.

Customers were told they would be out of the house by 10am for 24 hours on Monday 19 September, but the company has offered to allow guests with “extended breaks” to stay on site on Monday.

Villages will continue to close at 10am on Monday, meaning guests will not be able to use any facilities.

eat fast food

McDonald’s will close all of its stores by 5pm, while Starbucks will close all “company-owned” stores in the UK between 11am and 2pm.

Costa Coffee will also close “all wholly owned stores,” with some stores operated by other partners remaining open.

received mail

The Royal Mail postal company closes its services on the day of the Queen’s funeral. No cinema, no shopping and no McDonalds – seven things not to do during Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in the UK

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