Will shops and venues in Birmingham be closed for the Queen’s funeral?

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the funeral on Monday, 19 September

The nation will gather to mourn the Queen during her state funeral.

Elizabeth II will be laid to rest after a service at Westminster Abbey next Monday (19 September). King Charles III approved plans for the day to be declared a new bank holiday.

The Queen’s coffin will be taken to London where it will lie in state at Westminster Hall for three days prior to the funeral. Members of the public will be able to see the coffin and say goodbye to their monarch of 70 years.

The official date of the funeral is on Monday 19 September and is scheduled to start at 11am. Millions of people will have the day off work or school on the day of the Queen’s funeral. Supermarkets usually open on bank holidays in the UK - except perhaps Christmas - so it is likely they will open on Monday 19 September. However they may operate reduced hours.

It will be worth checking the opening times with your local supermarket closer to the date.

Shops in Birmingham will not be obliged to close on the day of the Queen’s funeral, although some may choose to do so.

Guidance from the Cabinet Office states that there is no obligation for shops and other businesses to suspend operations during the national mourning period. The guidance says: “There is no obligation on organisations to suspend business during the period of National Mourning. Some businesses may wish at their own discretion to consider closing or postponing events, especially on the day of the State Funeral. Members of the public seeking further information concerning the closure of businesses on the day of the State Funeral should contact the business directly.”

Here are the Birmingham attractions and venues which will be closed:

Birmingham Museums Trust

The museum will be closed on Monday for the funeral. A statement from the museum, read: “As a mark of respect, all Birmingham Museums Trust sites will be closed to visitors on Monday, September 19, as we join the rest of the country to pause and reflect during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.”

Cadbury World

Cadbury World is currently closed for maintenance work. It will also be closed on Monday for the Queen’s funeral.

Sea Life Centre Birmingham

The Sea Life Centre will also be closed on Monday. A statement from the centre, read: “Following the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth 11, the National Sea Life Centre joins millions of mourners around the UK and the world in paying tribute.

“To mark the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, and to allow our guests and employees to pay their respects, we will be closing the attraction on Monday, 19th September, reopening Tuesday, 20th September.”

The Bullring and Grand Central

The Bullring and Grand Central has yet to confirm whether it will be open on Monday.

Dudley Zoo

The zoo will be closed on Monday. A statement read: “Dudley Zoo and Castle will be closed on Monday, September 19 for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II to allow staff and visitors to join in the remembrance and reflections of her life. We will be open as normal from Tuesday, September 20.”

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