Businesses under no obligation to close during National Mourning period

The government has released official guidance for businesses following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

It says there is “no obligation on organisations to suspend business during the National Mourning period… there is no expectation on the public or organisations to observe specific behaviours during the mourning period. Public services will continue as usual, although there may be some changes to service availability on the day of the State Funeral.

The guidance continues: “Depending on the nature and location of their business and the tone of planned events, some businesses may wish to consider closing or postponing events, especially on the day of the State Funeral, however this is at the discretion of individual businesses. Public services will continue as usual, although there may be some changes to service availability.

Further guidance on any potential considerations relating to the day of the State Funeral will be issued if needed.”

Some retailers, however, have already announced bricks-and-mortar store closures. These include premium indie group End Clothing, London department stores Liberty and Selfridges and high street multiple French Connection.

For businesses operating online, it says: “online communication channels can also be used to reflect the demise of Her Majesty and participate in the period of National Mourning. Organisations can acknowledge the mourning period by making changes to the homepage of their website, for example, with the use of black edging or black banners.

“Organisations and individuals may also wish to share their memories of Her Majesty online. There is no
set way to mark the passing of Her Majesty on social media. Organisations may wish to review their
planned content for the period.”