What time shops are open on bank holiday Monday, with opening time for Tesco, Asda and more

by 24britishtvSept. 18, 2022, 11 p.m. 15
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The Queen’s state funeral will be marked as a bank holiday around the UK on Monday 19 September.

It means that the nation is getting two more official holidays than usual in 2022, having already had an extra day off thanks to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

For people who get the day off, the bank holiday means that they can watch the funeral service, either on TV, on the procession route in London or Windsor, or at one of the public screening events happening around the UK.

However, there will also be significant disruption to many services on Monday, including supermarket opening times – here’s everything you need to know.

What time are shops open on Monday?

Tesco has said its larger stores will be shut on Monday, but convenience stores will open from 5pm.

Tesco UK chief executive Jason Tarry said: “We want to express our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, as well as our gratitude to Her Majesty the Queen for her unwavering service.

“On Monday 19 September, in order for our colleagues to pay their respects, our large stores will be closed all day and our Express stores will remain closed until 5pm.”

The supermarket has also cancelled online orders on the day of the funeral, as has online retailer Ocado.

Sainsbury’s confirmed that its larger stores will be closed on Monday. However, it said its convenience stores and petrol filling stations would be open from 5pm until 10pm to allow customers to purchase essential items. It added that some stores in central London would also be open to serve those attending the funeral.

Morrisons said all its UK supermarkets will shut on Monday, with petrol stations opening at 5pm.

Lidl and Aldi will both shut their stores for the day, as will Co-op.

M&S said it will close stores and also halt deliveries to customers.

Stuart Machin, chief executive at M&S, said: “It is right that we make changes to our operational arrangements on the day of the funeral to ensure our colleagues across our stores and distribution network can participate, whilst supporting customers as they show their respects too.”

He added there will be “limited exceptions in London and Windsor”, where M&S will serve customers paying their respects to the Queen.

These stores will be shut during the funeral itself, the retailer highlighted.

Franchise stores at travel locations and in public service sites, such as hospitals, are expected to remain open on Monday.

Asda said it will shut all its stores until 5pm on the day to allow employees to watch the funeral, and there will be no online deliveries.

The John Lewis Partnership, which also operates Waitrose supermarkets, will close almost all its stores.

In a statement it said: “When full details of the funeral are confirmed, an exception may be a very limited number of Waitrose stores on the route of the funeral procession to serve members of the public who we know will be lining the route for many hours. These shops will, however, close for the funeral itself.”

What else is closed for the Queen’s funeral?

Following the announcement of the funeral date, it was confirmed that schools in the UK will close on the bank holiday Monday.

This will give thousands of youngsters the chance to watch the televised service and pay their respects, Government sources revealed to the PA news agency.

The Department of Education (DfE) had told schools that they should remain open as normal during the rest of the period of national mourning.

It told headteachers: “Schools and further education settings should remain open.

“While normal attendance is expected, headteachers continue to have the power to authorise leaves of absence for pupils in exceptional circumstances.”

The DfE also advised that schools may “consider conducting special activities, holding assemblies or adapting planned lessons” in honour of the Queen.

DIY stores Homebase and B&Q, which typically enjoy brisk trade on bank holidays, also announced their intention to remain shut, along with Primark, Poundland and WH Smith.

People can expect most major stores to be closed until at least 5pm on the day of the funeral, as well as independent shops.

McDonald’s has announced it will open at 5pm. Starbucks cafes will be closed between 11am and 20m, while Costa will be shut all day, other than cafes inside hospitals.

Major cinema chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase will be shut all day, as will most theatres and museums.

Gyms including PureGym and David Lloyd will be closed during the funeral itself.

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