McDonald’s and Greggs set to close UK venues for Queen’s funeral

McDonald’s, which has more than 1,200 outlets in the UK, said all of its locations would be closed from midnight to 5pm the same day; while Greggs said the majority of his 2,000-person estate would be closed until Tuesday.

In a statement, McDonald’s UK said: “All of our UK restaurants will be closed until 5pm on Monday, to allow everyone at McDonald’s to pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“Hours and services may vary after 5pm, so please check our app before travelling.”

The fast-food giant added that it would pay employees at company-owned restaurants for their scheduled hours.

Monday has been designated as a public holiday to allow as many people as possible to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen. However, there is no requirement for businesses to close, with that decision left to individual businesses.

In his own statement, Greggs said: “To give our colleagues the opportunity to pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Greggs stores will be closed on Monday, September 19.”

The bakery chain added that a small number of its stores, operated by our franchise partners, may remain open.

Operators have prepared plans to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, with some express concern for setting the right tone during the time of mourning​​.

Will Beckett, CEO of Hawksmoor, announced on Twitter on Tuesday (September 13) that the steak restaurant group would remain open during its regular trading hours, suggesting that operators can mark the period of mourning in multiple ways.

“If you want to shut down, so you/your staff/customers can grieve or participate in an important national moment, then you should,” he tweeted. “Just try not to sound like you’re ‘showing respect for the Queen’ and imply that those who act differently aren’t.”