From Woolworths to Coles to Kmart: Your essential guide to what’s open on Australia’s National Day of Mourning public holiday
Australians have been given a public holiday on Thursday for a National Day of Mourning for the Queen – but what will be open?
Supermarkets such as Coles, Woolworths and Aldi, plus pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues will be allowed to trade as normal across the country.
Schools will be closed, as well as banks and financial services – with differences among the states.
Below, Daily Mail Australia presents a comprehensive guide of what’s open and what’s shut on Thursday.
Australians will get a day off on Thursday to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a National Day of Mourning
All Woolworths supermarkets will be open across Australia on Thursday, with the exception of Esperance and Katanning in Western Australia
All Woolworths supermarkets will be open across Australia on Thursday, with the exception of Esperance and Katanning in Western Australia.
In NSW and the ACT stores will be mostly open from 7am to 9pm.
In Victoria Woolworths will be mostly open from 7am to 10pm, and 9am to 6pm in Queensland.
Opening times for WA are 11am to 5pm, and for South Australia the supermarkets will be open from 12pm to 9pm.
In the Northern Territory shoppers can pop into Woolworths from 8am to 8pm, with opening hours in Tasmania running from 7am to 10pm.
All stores of the popular retail chain will be open in NSW, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT, with timings varying for each location.
Kmart stores across Queensland will be open except for in Chinchilla and Goondiwindi. Opening times will range from 9am to 4pm, 9am to 5pm and 9am to 6pm, depending on the store.
Customers are urged to check the timings of their local Kmart.
Kmart stores will also welcome customers in Victoria and South Australia, with most stores to open at 12pm in SA.
All stores will also run on Thursday in WA, except for in Esperance.
Aldi stores will be open across Australia on Thursday. (There are no Aldi supermarkets in the Northern Territory.)
All stores will close at 8pm, with customers urged to check opening times for their local Aldi retailers.
For Coles supermarkets, usual public holiday trading hours will apply in Victoria, NSW, the ACT, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
In Queensland, Western Australia, and South Australia, supermarket opening hours will be guided by State Government guidelines, a Coles spokesperson said.
Customers have been urged to check opening hours with their local Coles supermarkets.
For Coles supermarkets, usual public holiday trading hours will apply in Victoria, NSW, the ACT, Tasmania and the Northern Territory
In New South Wales elective surgery is expected to go ahead on Thursday unless patients have been told otherwise.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said NSW Health has been ‘instructed to encourage all local health districts to retain as much of their planned elective surgery on September 22 as possible, subject to staff availability’.
In South Australia, the government is working through arrangements with hospitals to keep elective surgeries going.
In most states, pubs, restaurants and cafes will be open as the day will not be a ‘restricted trading day’
The public have been told not to reach out to hospitals until after discussions end. However, GPs have already been given the option of staying open or not.
WA’s health department announced some elective surgery and outpatient appointments within WA’s public hospitals will need to be rescheduled as a result of the public holiday.
In Queensland, the health department issued a statement: ‘Queensland public hospitals will continue to perform as much elective surgery as possible on the September 22 public holiday, subject to staff availability.’
Most GPs are also expected to be closed in the Sunshine State on Thursday.
After announcing the holiday, Prime Minister Albanese said he expected hospitals to remain unaffected and elective surgeries to go ahead as planned
In New South Wales, schools will shut for the day, before reopening on Friday, ahead of a two-week term break.
It’s a similar story in Western Australia, with children enjoying the one-day break before their holidays.
In South Australia, schools will also be closed for the day before returning and kids will also get a day off in Tasmania and Northern Territory.
Schools will also close in the ACT.
In Victoria and Queensland, school children will be unaffected as the public holiday falls within their term break.
Schools will be closed across the country on Thursday as part of a national public holiday to commemorate the Queen
Food, retail and pubs
Like schools, rules on the hospitality sector staying open vary from state to state.
In New South Wales, all shops and retailers will be allowed to trade as they normally would on a public holiday.
Pubs, restaurants and cafes will be open as the day of mourning will not be a ‘restricted trading day’ like Good Friday or Anzac Day under the Retail Trading Act 2008.
The same rules are in place in Victoria, as well as Western Australia, ACT, NT, Queensland and Tasmania. However, in Western Australia, general retail shops will be able to trade between 11am and 5pm.
Any businesses that want to remain open will have to pay penalty rates to their workers.
In South Australia, retail hours will be similar to holidays like Anzac Day. This means that shops will only be allowed to trade between midday and 9pm. Public penalty rates will be paid to workers for that date.
Banks and financial institutions will be closed across New South Wales.
They will also be closed in South Australia.
Other states have not revealed whether banks will be closed but they are expected to be under normal public holiday rules.
Currently, all sporting events will go ahead as planned, including the AFL Grand Final on Saturday, September 24.
The Victorian public holiday on Friday, September 23 for the Grand Final means the state’s residents will have a four-day weekend with two public holidays in a row.
Banks and financial institutions will be closed across New South Wales and South Australia