FREDERICTON (GNB) – Government offices and schools in New Brunswick will be closed on Monday, Sept. 19, as part of the National Day of Mourning for the passing of the Queen.

This one-time provincial and national holiday is intended to honour the Queen and pay respect to her life of service to Canada and to the Commonwealth of Nations on the day of her funeral.

The day will be treated as any other holiday for management and non-union employees in Parts I, II and III of the provincial public service. This includes central government departments and agencies, as well as the anglophone and francophone public school systems. Collective agreement terms and conditions for holidays will apply to unionized employees in Parts I, II and III. While government offices and public schools will be closed, this holiday will be optional for private sector businesses and employers.

Members of the public can pay tribute to the Queen by signing the books of condolence, which are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Sunday at Government House or at the legislative assembly, or by signing online. More information on how to pay tribute to the Queen is available online.