Apple Stores in the United Kingdom will close next Monday, September 19th to respect the death of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her state funeral, MacRumors reports on Monday.
The now reigning King Charles III declared on Saturday that the funeral of his mother and former British monarch would be held next Monday, marking September 19th as a bank holiday. The official government statement notes that individual businesses can choose to either have a day off or keep working on a funeral day.
“This is a matter for discussion between individuals and their employer. There is no statutory entitlement to time off for bank holidays, but employers may include bank holidays as part of a worker’s leave entitlement.”
The news outlet reports that Apple told UK-based staff about the closure of the stores next Monday. The company also told staff that this coming Wednesday – when the Queen’s coffin will arrive in London, there will be reduced capacity in operations.
All Apple Stores in the UK have listed their opening hours up to September 18th, one day before the official state funeral. This means closures are not yet listed nor are any notice of operational changes for Wednesday.
On September 8th when the Queen died, Apple paid tribute to her by remaking the entire homepage on its website in her honor. The company now reverted the remake, but it is still on the UK website.
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In late July, Apple opened the newest Apple Store in the United Kingdom – called Apple Brompton Road, the store is in the Knightsbridge neighborhood in London. It has a team of 200+ workers ready to provide service to customers and collectively speak 45 languages, a big help for tourists and visitors from outside the country.