As a gesture of respect for Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral, McDonald’s UK outlets will be closed on Monday, September 19.
Around 1,300 of the fast food chain’s locations in the UK will be closed that day until 5 p.m.
King Charles III gave the go-ahead for a bank holiday throughout the entire United Kingdom on the day of his mother’s funeral.
The Queen, who has been the queen of Britain for the longest time, passed away on Thursday at her Balmoral residence in Scotland.
Numerous companies, including John Lewis, Waitrose, Asda, Primark, and a host of others, have already announced they will be closed on Monday in the UK to observe the events.
McDonald’s decided to close the locations because they “want to allow our people to pay their respects in the way they chose,” a spokeswoman told the BBC.
In a tweet, McDonald’s said: “Our stores across the UK will be closed from midnight to 5 pm on Monday, September 19th to honor HM Queen Elizabeth II and to allow everyone at McDonald’s to pay their respects.”
Additionally, deliveries won’t start until after 5 o’clock.
The business urged clients to check before visiting one of its eateries because operation hours and services can change after that time.
Different strategies are being used by other fast food restaurants. After the event, Domino’s told the BBC that its outlets would open at noon on Monday.
The government advises that the extra Bank Holiday “will allow citizens, businesses and other organizations to pay their respects to Her Majesty and celebrate Her reign while marking the final day of the period of national mourning,” according to the government’s website.
Despite the statement that some organizations “may wish to consider canceling or postponing events,” there is no legal requirement that employees be given paid time off.
Guests at Center Parcs on Tuesday expressed upset after learning that the vacation resort planned to urge visitors to leave its five UK locations on the day of the Queen’s funeral.
The change would have required some visitors to leave midway through their break and then return the following day.
Since then, the vacation rental company has changed its mind and said that guests who aren’t scheduled to leave on Monday would no longer be compelled to do so.
However, those who are expected to arrive on Monday are still unable to check in until Tuesday at 10 am.
Additionally, Cineworld has announced that on the day of the state burial, all of its UK theaters would be closed. The business operates 128 theaters in the UK and Ireland.