Why the Queen's state funeral will be a day off for many in the UK – iNews

The Queen’s funeral will take place on Monday in Westminster Abbey when presidents, prime ministers and monarchs from across the world will travel to London to pay their respects.
It’s expected that nearly 1 million mourners are expected to descend on the capital, as business, schools and Government bodies will all shut.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the funeral day.
The news that the state funeral would be marked with a bank holiday came before its actual date was announced.
However, it all but confirmed the widely predicted funeral date of Monday 19 September, which the Government confirmed later on Saturday.
This follows the schedule set out by Operation London Bridge, the plan for the protocol and events followed after the Queen’s death.
The bank holiday, which will be observed as a national day of mourning, was confirmed by the King at his Accession Council.
The Government has announced that the national holiday will be treated as a standard bank holiday – meaning there is no statutory entitlement for employers to let their staff have that day off.
“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,” it said.
Staff having the day off is “a matter for discussion between individuals and their employer” and the Government “cannot interfere” in existing contractual arrangements.
The Government added that it expected many workers would be able to take the day off, saying: “The bank holiday will be a unique national moment, and we would encourage employers to respond sensitively to requests from workers who wish to take time off.”
It advises those who have employment contracts which require them to work some bank holidays to discuss with their employer if they can have the time off.
There are no rules set out for this. The Government advises people to discuss this with their employer.
There are no statutory rules regarding extra pay on the bank holiday, but employers may decide to to give workers more at their discretion.
This is a matter for discussion between workers and employers, according to the Government.
Yes, it applies to all parts of the UK.
This bank holiday is official and applies in the same way as all others.
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