Morrisons to close on Boxing Day for first time ever
The supermarket made the announcement to employees today.
Several retailers including M&S, Aldi and Lidl shut on 26 December 2020 after a year which saw panicked shoppers strip shelves.
A Morrisons spokesperson said: “Everyone at Morrisons has worked incredibly hard over the last 18 months as we’ve responded to the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, serving our customers and local communities.
“So this year we’re taking the exceptional step of closing all our supermarkets on Boxing Day, so as many colleagues as possible can enjoy a two day weekend break with family and friends.”
Joanne McGuiness, national officer of trade union Usdaw, welcomed the announcement.
She said: “The last year-and-a-half has been unlike any other. The pandemic meant shopworkers stepped up and kept essential services running. We welcome Morrisons doing the right thing by their staff with the closure of supermarkets on Boxing Day.
“Key workers have done so much this year and we are asking retailers to give their staff the longest possible break over the festive season to provide them with a well-deserved breather. We don’t think this is too much to ask for.”