Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced a one-off public holiday would be held on Thursday, September 22 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II.
There are different rules on what can and can’t open on the National Day of Mourning in each state.
So will you be able to go shopping and get a coffee in New South Wales, and what is happening to mark the Queen’s death?
There are no restrictions on trade in NSW with businesses told to treat it the same as other public holidays, such as Labour Day, rather than Christmas and Good Friday when many stores have to close.
Major supermarkets and department stores plan to open as normal.
Museums, galleries and other major attractions in Sydney will also be open.
What about cafes, restaurants and hotels?
Cafes, restaurants and hotels are free to open as normal, however, it is up to individual businesses to decide if it is worth it.
Trade in some areas will be down, such as the CBD, due to fewer workers in the city, while staff costs will be higher.
Some venues may choose to offset this with an additional public holiday surcharge.
It is recommended to check first.
Do penalty rates apply?
Yes, the same penalty rates apply as when working on other public holidays such as Australia Day. In many cases that means more than double the usual rate.
The rules for public holiday penalty rates are set out by the Fair Work Act 2009.
Schools, public libraries and other services such as banks and post offices will be closed.
Most childcare centres are also likely to close.
What’s next for King Charles?
In the eyes on the monarchy, Charles has already ascended to the throne but he has to be coroneted before he’s officially crowned as King.
What about hospitals and medical services?
Hospitals will remain open, but some elective surgeries and non-urgent services are expected to be delayed due to staffing issues.
Last week, Health Minister Brad Hazzard instructed NSW Health to go ahead with as many of the planned elective surgeries on Thursday as possible, subject to staff availability.
The Australian Medical Association said most GPs would close and many specialists would not operate on the public holiday.
Have any events been moved?
Theatres and live music venues are going ahead with shows.
However, events organised by local councils and libraries have mostly been cancelled or postponed.
Some sporting events have also been moved. The Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney in Penrith, which was originally planned for Thursday, will now take place on Sunday, September 25.
And several schools scrambled to rearrange planned year 12 formals and graduation ceremonies.
How is the National Day of Mourning being marked?
There will be one minute’s silence at 11:00am followed by a 90-minute national memorial service at Parliament House.
The Prime Minister encouraged all Australians to reflect on the Queen’s “life of dedication and service” during the minute’s silence.
St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Parramatta will hold a thanksgiving service for the Queen at 11:00am.
You can share a condolence message for the Queen here.
What about Friday?
Friday is not a public holiday. Victoria is the only state that has the day off ahead of the AFL grand final.
Employer groups are anticipating a higher than average rate of people calling in sick or booking annual leave on Friday as many workers try to make it a four-day weekend.
Schools will reopen on Friday for one day before starting the two-week term break.
But NSW workers won’t have to wait long for an extended weekend, with Labour Day coming up on Monday, October 3.
Will double demerit points apply?
Double demerits will apply for five days from Wednesday morning to Sunday midnight.
School zone speed limits will not apply on Thursday.