IF you’re planning to spend this August bank holiday catering for friends, it will help to know the opening times at your local Iceland.
Here’s what you need to know to make sure your plans go smoothly.
How can I find the opening hours for my local Iceland store?
Iceland normally opens between 7am and 8am then closes between 7pm and 9pm on weekdays.
On Sundays, it opens between 10am and 11am and closes between 4pm and 5pm.
Most Iceland outlets appear to be open as usual, but hours can always vary from store to store.
Make sure you won’t make a wasted journey by checking your local outlet’s hours on Iceland’s store finder.
What bank holidays are remaining in 2019?
Workers in England and Wales get eight bank holidays every year.
After the summer bank holiday is Christmas Day, followed closely by Boxing Day, and then New Year’s Day.
The UK currently has fewer bank holidays than most other European countries.
Recent years have seen some people pushing for extra holidays to honour the patron saints days of the constituent countries of the UK.
Why do Scotland and Northern Ireland have more bank holidays?
Scotland has nine bank holidays a year while Northern Ireland has ten.
Those extra days mark events of particular significance in each country’s culture.
In Scotland, January 2 is a bank holiday because of the extra importance of Hogmanay and New Year’s in the country.
St Andrew’s Day is also a public holiday, though has to be taken instead of another bank holiday.
As well as St. Patrick’s Day, Northern Ireland has a holiday on July 12 to mark the triumph of protestant William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne.
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Bank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid leave, an employer can decide whether to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory leave.
The Government website has more details on what your worker’s rights are in regards to public holidays.
Bank holidays may also impact how benefits are paid, the gov.uk website explains how they may be affected.