Britain officially mourned after Queen Elizabeth II died last week.
Huge crowds have gathered to catch a glimpse of the late king’s coffin, which was moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in London on Wednesday, where it will remain until her funeral on Monday.
With funerals declared a public holiday, many businesses have said they will be closed for the day — but the disruption to daily life won’t end there.
“Non-urgent” hospital appointments, some flights and school classes will also be canceled as organizations try to allow staff to pay their respects to the late king.
Here’s a roundup of what Britons won’t be able to visit on Monday.
Health care fear
The short break has caused frustration over increasingly widespread cancellations by public healthcare providers, with hospitals across the UK postponing consultations and procedures. “non-urgent,” including maternity appointments, surgery, and some cancer treatments.
“Our services will be reduced to allow staff and patients to pay their respects to the Queen and remember her reign,” said Bradford Teaching Hospital, which oversees six hospitals in the UK. northern England – said in a statement. “We are working hard to ensure any disruptions are kept to a minimum but due to the bank holiday a number of activities have been planned, including surgery, patient appointments and other activities. shift of the day, will be cancelled.”
The trustee added that all of its emergency and urgent services will continue as normal.
Many of those with appointments have been left in limbo, with some either not being offered an alternative position or still waiting to be notified whether their appointment will proceed.
Disappointed patient brought Twitter to relieve their discomfort with canceling their appointments, with person called the closure “scary and sad”, while one US epidemiologist is called the country “The stupidest thing ever.”
A woman living in Essex, England, rescheduled her mental health appointment for Monday, but was told her new appointment could be delayed if other appointments exceed the deadline. their designated time.
“I have a history of eating disorders and struggled with prenatal depression,” she says Luck. “I was very upset about my appointment being canceled – I had it in my diary for three weeks and trusted it. My pregnancy was high risk and terrifying. I have only six to seven weeks left of my pregnancy, so any delay is stressful for me.”
Another woman was due for a maternity checkup on Monday, but was postponed due to the Queen’s funeral, told Luck The cancellation was concerning because she had a high-risk pregnancy and a high chance of developing gestational diabetes.
On Tuesday, she received a text message telling her “sad news” about the Queen’s death and as a result the holiday meant her appointment would be cancelled, with a new one set to organized “on time.”
The woman has since been given a new appointment, but she says she doesn’t understand why a holiday means hospital appointments are cancelled.
“I can only imagine how people with more serious conditions feel about this,” she said.
Dr. Julia PattersonThe founder and CEO of the advocacy group Every Doctor said healthcare workers would “damn if they did and damn if they didn’t.”
“I’m sure if NHS staff hadn’t observed the occasion, they would have been attacked,” she said in tweet. “[But] if they are on bank holiday will lead to problems. “
Canceling appointments on Mondays goes as record 6.8 million people are waiting for NHS treatment, after the pandemic exacerbated an existing waitlist problem in the UK public health service.
Education and care for children
Schools and colleges will be closed on mondaywhile many kindergartens and preschools will also not be open.
Universities will also close, with many higher education institutions saying they are canceling operations for the day for staff and students to mourn.
A range of UK retailers also said they planned to close on September 19.
Supermarket giants Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl and will be closedwhile Asda won’t open until 5pm
Grocery retailer Tesco and Sainsbury’s will close their major stores and open convenience stores at 5pm, both retailers plan to open some of their stores in central London earlier in the day to serve those who come to the capital pay their respects to the Queen.
Department store chain John Lewis will not open stores on Monday, while clothing stores Primark and Jack Wills have also announced they will close.
Home goods stores Ikea, Homebase and B&Q, video game chain Game and pet giant Pets at Home are also among the major retailers that will not be open for the holidays.
Flights and transportation
Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday said there would be restrictions on the airspace above and around London in the coming days. The organization notes that travelers will not receive compensation for canceled flights, as cancellations will be due to “cases beyond the airline’s control”. However, airlines should offer alternative travel options, the CAA said.
On WednesdayLondon’s Heathrow Airport has canceled flights to ensure they do not disturb the Queen’s coffin procession as it is moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.
Drone flights over central London have also been banned in the lead up to the Queen’s funeral.
Funerals hoping to head to London to pay their last respects to the late king have been warned there will be “unprecedented” demand for transport and in train stations, with hundreds of thousand people reported is expected to make the journey.
While the capacity on the train networks around London is is expected to increase To allow people to reach the capital on the day of the funeral, many local bus operators will reduce service on Monday.
Most major UK cinema chains, including Odeon, Showcase and Cineworld, will close on Monday.
Cinema operators Vue, Curzon and Arc will use their theaters to screen the Queen’s funeral for free.
Bowling alley operator Hollywood Bowl will be closed until 1:30pm, while PureGym – which operates 320 gyms across the UK – will close its locations from 10am to 2pm afternoon on Monday.
Many local libraries will also be closed on holidays.
Meanwhile, Centreparcs – which operates jungle lodge-style resorts – has fallen into PR disaster when it reveals it plans to kick holidaymakers off its sites on Monday.
After a backlash, the company backed off — somewhat — saying it would allow those already on holiday to stay, but anyone planning to arrive on Monday has been told to delay their arrival. Tuesday, a move that brought them more criticism.
The Royal Mail courier and postal service company – founded in 1516 by Henry VIII and claiming to be one of the oldest in the world – will suspend its service on the day of the Queen’s funeral. .