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Government guidance for events during National Mourning

by Emily Wallin

The government will not order events to close during the national mourning period, following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

The guidelines state in relation to events:

“There is no obligation on organisations to suspend business during the National Mourning period.
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.”

In relation to business and public services it states:

“There is no obligation on organisations to suspend business during the National Mourning period.
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.

In relation to major sporting and public events it repeats:

“There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues
during the National Mourning period. This is at the discretion of individual organisations.
As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing
venues on the day of the State Funeral. They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the
discretion of individual organisations.”

The full guidance can be found here.

The state funeral is expected to take place 10 days after the Queen’s death, although it has not yet been confirmed.

More to follow.

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