In the United Kingdom, closures and controversies for the burial of Elizabeth II

Among businesses, almost all major supermarket chains will be closed on Monday: Marks and Spencer will only open a few stores located near Westminster and Windsor Castle. Aldi, Sainsbury’s and its Argos subsidiaries will close, as will Tesco hypermarkets.

The supermarkets of this group, a giant of distribution in the United Kingdom, will however open after the ceremony, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., as will the McDonald’s restaurants which will close during the funeral and reopen at the end of the afternoon.

The discount clothing chain Primark will be closed all day.

The London Stock Exchange has also warned that it will be closed on Monday, as for all public holidays in the United Kingdom.

On the other hand, the approximately 4,500 pubs of the Stonegate group will remain open, and broadcast the televised ceremony. Greene King establishments that do not have televisions will open after the funeral, and rival group Wetherspoons had not made up their minds as of Wednesday, according to a spokesman told AFP.

The Center Parcs holiday centers in the United Kingdom have sparked a bronca by declaring that they will close Monday for the funeral of the queen, before agreeing to let customers on long stays stay on site.

The tourism group announced on Tuesday that “all (its) (holiday) villages in the United Kingdom” would “close for one day on Monday (…) out of respect for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and to allow the greatest number of (its) employees to participate in this historic moment”.

Center Parcs has triggered the ire of its customers by telling them that they should have left their holiday village by 10:00 a.m. on Monday and not return, in the event of a long stay, until the next day, thus forcing them to find other accommodation at the last minute.

Faced with a deluge of complaints, Center Parcs amended its decision on Wednesday to allow a minority of customers, who will be in the middle of their stay, to stay in their bungalow.

Food banks closed

Before the Center Parcs turnaround, Tracy Groome, 58, worried about where her party of nine would be sleeping on Monday amid a planned stay at the center of Elveden Forest in Suffolk. “I’m sure it’s not what the queen would have wanted,” she told the PA news agency.

Several food banks have also caused controversy by announcing that they too will close for the royal funeral.

Their officials argued that they still closed on public holidays and that the day of the Queen’s funeral was now one. They also recalled that food banks operate largely thanks to volunteers.

But Wimbledon, south London, said on Wednesday that it had changed tack: “Thanks to tremendous support, we now have volunteers to open Monday as usual,” she said on her website.

In addition, air traffic over London, already limited on Wednesday afternoon to ensure silence in the center of the British capital during a procession accompanying the coffin of the late Queen, should again be disrupted on Monday during the funeral.

Finally, some medical appointments scheduled for Monday will be postponed, the national public health service NHS has warned.

Enough to cause great frustration among patients in this country where you have to wait months to see a doctor in the NHS network, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic.

These lost days of activity are likely to weigh on companies’ accounts, but the impact remains difficult to assess and “many companies will be able to catch up” afterwards, according to Samuel Tombs, economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.

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