Monday, September 19 is a national holiday in British Columbia, to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II -- but the way the province has handled it has made it a bit confusing to understand what's closed and what's open in Vancouver, with BC Premier John Horgan extending the federal holiday to include government employees as well as provincial public-sector workers, including schools. The rest, however has essentially been left up to individual businesses.

Here's a little cheat sheet to help you sort things out.

September 19: What's Definitely Closed In Vancouver

  • City Hall
  • ICBC
  • Public schools
  • Canada Post offices
  • Federal and provincial courts
  • Passport Canada offices
  • Crown corporations

September 19: What's Open In Vancouver

  • City public services
  • Banks
  • Public transit
  • Public libraries
  • Recreation centres
  • Park Board facilities (with additional options for families who aren't able to find childchare)
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Medical facilities
  • Malls
  • BC Liquor and Cannabis Stores
  • On-campus school facilities (for some public schools)

There's a lot of betwixt and between, with many parents in British Columbia irritated that they now have to scramble to find childcare as a result of schools being closed but most businesses remaining open.

If you have plans, it's best to be safe than sorry and look up operating hours beforehand for wherever you're going, since private businesses have been given the power to decide on their own.

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Additionally, Monday, September 19 will not be a statutory holiday, which means private-sector employees will not be paid an additional wage if they work that day.

"We encourage private-sector employers to find a way to recognize or reflect on the day in a way that is appropriate for their employees", Premier Horgan said.

An official commemoration service and ceremony will take place at the BC Parliament Buildings beginning 10:15 a.m. and make its way to Christ Church Cathedral. God rest the Queen.