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2022 gets an extra bank holiday!

2022 gets an extra bank holiday!
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It might be a while off, but there’s an extra bank holiday on the horizon, and it’s all thanks to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Here’s what you need to know so you can get planning.

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When is the extra bank holiday?

Some bank holiday dates are shifting slightly in 2022. This is what they’ll look like:

  • The late May Bank Holiday will be moved to Thursday 2 June.
  • There’ll be an extra bank holiday on Friday 3 June.

As a result, there will be a four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June 2022.

Why is there an extra bank holiday?

Sure, we all love a bank holiday if we’re off work, but what’s the big deal about 2022? Well, we’ll be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a pretty special occasion. 

  • A Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years on the throne. 
  • She’ll be the first British monarch ever to reach this milestone.

The official 70-year anniversary is actually 6 February 2022, but the warm summer weather will mean more people can enjoy the celebrations if there’s an extra bank holiday in June instead.   

Where’s open during the bank holiday weekend?

It’s only 2020, so let’s tentatively assume things will be a bit more ‘normal’ in 2022.

  • Retail and hospitality generally stay open on bank holidays, so you’ll be able to go out for dinner or enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. 
  • Fancy checking out some tourist attractions? They might be busier than usual, so you should book your tickets in advance.
  • If the weather’s good, you could get the family together for a walk in the countryside, or just take a stroll through a park. 

A blockbuster programme of celebrations is planned to mark the historic milestone, so expect street parties and other organised events to be announced nearer the time. It’ll definitely be worth keeping your eye on local news outlets. This could also be a great opportunity to volunteer or find a short-term employment gig, too. 

Will I get the weekend off?

Okay, so not everyone gets bank holidays off work. It all depends on your employment contract. Here’s what can happen. 

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Your workplace closes

If your workplace is closed for the extra bank holiday, your employer can make you take it as part of your yearly holiday entitlement.

Some employers give you bank holidays on top of your annual entitlement, though, so check with your employer if you’re not sure. 

Your workplace stays open

Again, some employers give their employees bank holidays off. This doesn’t affect your annual holiday entitlement, which means you get more time off throughout the year. 

On the other hand, your boss might expect you to work the holiday. In this case, you can always take it as annual leave instead. 

Finally, you could always ask to take the bank holiday as unpaid leave. It’s may not be worth it, though, unless you have plans for the whole weekend or you’re travelling somewhere. 

Essentially, unless it’s in your employment contract, your boss doesn’t need to give you the extra bank holiday off work. 

Takeaway

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a huge occasion, so hopefully you’ll get some time off to celebrate. If you’re off work, why not treat your family to a budget-friendly break somewhere? It’s easy enough to arrange travel insurance, and you might consider applying for a travel credit card to help you make the most of your trip.

And remember, although you can’t visit a bank on a bank holiday, you can still do your banking online. Just remember, though, that bank holidays affect when payments are processed, so ensure your bills are still paid on time.

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