Greggs to close shops on day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral
McDonald’s has also said it will shut its UK restaurants as a mark of respect during the day of the funeral
Greggs is to close its shops on Monday September 19 for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
In a statement, the bakery chain said the decision was made to allow their staff the “opportunity to pay their respects” to the late monarch.
It added that a small number of their shops, operated by their franchise partners, “may remain open.”
The statement read: “To give our colleagues the opportunity to pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Greggs shops will be closed on Monday 19th September.
“A small number of our shops, operated by our franchise partners, may remain open.
“Thanks for your understanding.”
While McDonald’s has also said it will shut its UK restaurants as a mark of respect during the day of the funeral.
The fast-food giant, which has 1,300 sites across the UK, said outlets will be allowed to reopen at 5pm.
In a statement on Twitter, McDonald’s said: “In honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II and to enable everyone at McDonald’s to pay their respects, our restaurants across the UK will be closed from midnight until 5pm on Monday 19th September.”
Deliveries will also not be available until after 5pm, the company has said.
Downing Street has indicated that it is up to individual businesses on how to approach the bank holiday.