Center Parcs backtracks on decision to close for Queen’s funeral

E1W4RN Center Parcs in Woburn Forest

People will be able to stay despite the earlier uncertainty (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)

Center Parcs has reversed its decision to ban holidaymakers from staying at their resorts on September 19.

Distraught families complained in droves after the company announced it would close on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

Visitors due to arrive on Monday were told not to travel and to arrive on Tuesday.

However, Center Parcs says it has now “reviewed our position regarding the very small number of visitors who will not be departing on Monday”.

Holidaymakers will be offered “longer breaks” after bosses were told of “disruption”.

In a statement, Center Parcs said: “We will allow them [guests] to stay in our villages instead of having to leave and come back on Tuesday.

“The villages will be closed on Monday and we will offer a discount for the lack of facilities available on that day.”

Center Parcs advised visitors to 'stay somewhere else' on September 19 (Image: AP/WENN)

Center Parcs advised visitors to ‘stay somewhere else’ on September 19 (Image: AP/WENN)

Sites still close at 10am. on Monday, which means guests will not be able to use any facilities.

Center Parcs has offered a refund of 17% of the cost of accommodation to affected guests.

Earlier in the day, the company said the decision to close was made “as a mark of respect” and “to allow as many of our colleagues as possible to be a part of this historic moment.”

He added: “We hope our guests will understand our decision to support our Queen on her final journey.”

Laura said her family's plan had come under avoidable pressure (Image: Laura Magor)

Laura said her family’s plan had come under avoidable pressure (Image: Laura Magor)

Laura Magor, 33, was among the guests whose breaks were temporarily interrupted by the sudden announcement.

Her family were due to celebrate the last day of an extended weekend stay at Longleat Forest in Wiltshire.

Laura told Metro.co.uk: “We have the utmost respect and understand that the Queen’s funeral is very important, but we also feel it is very last minute as they said the other day that they were going to keep the park open and show the funeral on the screens”.

A number of shops and businesses are closing on September 19 out of respect for the Queen.

Bereavement guidance from the Cabinet Office states: “Depending on the nature and location of their business and the tone of their planned events, some businesses may wish to consider closing or postponing events, especially on State Day funeral, however this is at the discretion of the individual businesses”.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Center Parcs for further comment.

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