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

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

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

The group’s supermarkets in the United Kingdom will be open from 5:00pm to 10:00pm after the ceremony, while McDonald’s restaurants will close during the funeral and reopen at the end. Afternoon

Discount clothing chain Primark is closed all day.

The London Stock Exchange has also warned that all public holidays in the UK will be closed on Monday.

On the other hand, Stonegate Group’s approximately 4,500 bars will remain open and televise the event. Green King establishments without televisions will open after the funeral, and rival group Wetherspoons had not made up their minds until Wednesday, a spokeswoman told AFP.

Center Parks holiday centers in the United Kingdom announced they would be closed on Monday for the Queen’s funeral, before agreeing to allow long-stay customers to stay on site.

The tourism group announced on Tuesday that “all (its) (holiday) villages in England will be closed for a day on Monday (…) to allow in large crowds ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. (Its) staff should take part in this historic moment”.

Center Parcs has told its customers to leave their holiday village by 10:00 a.m. on Monday and not return until the next day if they stay too long, forcing them to find others. Last minute accommodation.

Faced with a flood of complaints, Center Parks on Wednesday revised its decision to allow minority customers, who are in the middle of their stay, to stay in their bungalows.

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Food banks were closed

Ahead of the Center Parks turn, 58-year-old Tracey Groome was worried about where her party of nine would sleep on Monday, with the planned heart of Elvedon Forest in Suffolk. “I’m sure it’s not what the Queen wanted,” he told the PA news agency.

Several food banks have also sparked controversy by announcing they will close royal family funerals.

Their officials argued that they were still closed on public holidays and that the day of the Queen’s funeral was now together. They also recalled that food banks are largely dependent on volunteers.

But Wimbledon, in south London, said on Wednesday it had reversed course: “Thanks to the overwhelming support, we now have volunteers to open on Monday as usual,” it said on its website.

In addition, air traffic over London, already restricted to ensure peace during the procession with the late queen’s coffin in the center of the British capital on Wednesday afternoon, is expected to be disrupted again during the funeral on Monday.

Finally, the National Public Health Service (NHS) has warned that some medical appointments scheduled for Monday will be postponed.

Especially after the Covid-19 pandemic, it is enough to cause great frustration among patients in this country where you have to wait months to see a doctor in the NHS network.

These lost days of activity can weigh on companies’ accounts, but the impact remains difficult to gauge and “many companies can catch up,” says Samuel Tombs, economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.