What's closing across Scotland during Queen's funeral?

Monday has been declared a bank holiday so people can watch the service in London.

List of shops, schools and other things closing across Scotland during Queen’s  funeral iStock

Monday, September 19 has been declared a bank holiday to allow people to watch the Queen’s state funeral.

‘Closed’ signs will be up in doors across the country as business shut their doors as a mark of respect.

Here’s a rundown of some of the closures announced so far:


Every school and council-run nursery will be closed on Monday.

Many were already due to be shut for the September holiday weekend, but the Scottish Government issues guidance that all should close.

Shops and supermarkets

A raft of high-street chains and major supermarkets will be closed on Monday.

Asda, Argos, Lidl, Morrisons, and Marks & Spencer Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Primark, Homebase and B&Q have all confirmed that they’ll be shut.

Other chains closing their doors for the day include Ikea, Primark, Poundland, Next, Kwik Fit, WH Smith and Waterstones.

Fast-food and cafes

McDonald’s said its restaurants would be closed until 5pm on Monday, while Costa Coffee said more than 2,000 branches would be shut across the UK.

And there will be no Steak Bakes because Greggs is closing all day.

Health services

Disruption is expected to services, although health boards have been told to make sure essential care continues.

Pre-planned treatments and winter vaccination programmes are expected to go ahead as scheduled.

The Scottish Government has urged people to check their local NHS website.


Major chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase will shut their venues on Monday in a mark of respect.

However, some others – such as Vue – have chosen to screen the funeral for free while cancelling the rest of their schedule.

Tourist attractions

People hoping to fill the bank holiday with a day out will struggle to find somewhere that’s open.

The National Trust for Scotland said all its buildings and gardens would be closed for the day.

Edinburgh Zoo and Blair Drummond Safari Park are among the other attractions remaining closed.

Holiday parks

A furious backlash forced Center Parcs to reverse a decision to close its accommodation for the funeral.

Customers were told they would be turfed out at 10am on Monday for 24 hours, forcing them to find alternative accommodation.

After complaints, Center Parcs offered to allow guests on “longer duration breaks” to remain on site.

Butlin’s said its resorts will remain open on Monday, but new arrivals have been asked to arrive from 3pm, two hours later than normal.


There no blanket postponing of funerals due to be held, the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) said.

The trade body, which represents more than 4,100 UK funeral homes, said some services will go ahead, but others will be postponed.

The NAFD believes the “vast majority of family wishes are being honoured”, based on conversations with members across the UK.


No professional sport is expected to take place in the UK on Monday. Due to the international break, no football was scheduled anyway.

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