Retailers in P.E.I. told they can remain open on day of Queen Elizabeth's funeral

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CHARLOTTETOWN — Retailers in Prince Edward Island say they have received assurances they will be allowed to remain open Monday after the provincial government declared a statutory holiday to coincide with Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

Michelle Wasylyshen, a spokeswoman for the Retail Council of Canada, says businesses will have to follow provincial rules on overtime for employees who work the holiday.

She says the council had asked provinces not to mandate retail closures on such short notice because of the "significant" cost to employers.

Canada's smallest province is the only one to have declared Monday a one-time statutory holiday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that it would be a holiday for federal government workers to mourn the death of the queen.

Wasylyshen also notes that a number of businesses are only now getting their operations back after two years of disruption caused by the pandemic.

She says it is up to individual retailers to decide whether they wish to open on Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 14, 2022.

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