Coronavirus: Marks & Spencer cafes to reopen for takeaway
Marks & Spencer is to reopen 49 of its cafes throughout the UK from Thursday, the High Road retailer has stated.
It took the choice to reopen for takeaway clients after working social distancing and placing additional hygiene measures in its stores.
The retailer joins different chains reopening for takeaway clients.
Pret a Manger and Caffe Nero are reopening sites, while fast meals chains McDonalds and Burger King are opening up drive-throughs.
Marks & Spencer cafes have been closed since 18 March, five days before the UK lockdown began.
M&S stated the plans for reopenings got here after a trial at 5 places including at Excessive Road Kensington and Maybrook Canterbury.
The 49 sites are throughout the UK, and embrace places in Belfast, Dunblane and Swansea.
It stated the company had prepared "rigorous steerage for colleagues and could have in depth signage for patrons to allow them to decide up their coffee safely".
Safety measures had been introduced, including perspex screens at tills.
The 49 places are:
- Bankside (Market)
- Bishop Auckland
- Boucher Rd Belfast
- Brent Cross (Market)
- Bridge of Don
- Canary Wharf (Marketplace)
- Central Falkirk
- Clapham (Espresso Bar)
- Finsbury (Marketplace)
- Handforth Dean Conservatory
- Heathfield Ayr
- Hedge Finish (Coffee Bar)
- Excessive St. Kensington (Espresso Bar)
- Kingston (Marketplace)
- Kingstown Park Carlisle
- Manchester (Espresso Bar)
- Marble Arch (Marketplace)
- Martlesham Heath
- Maybrook Canterbury
- Meole Brace Shrewsbury
- One New Change (Market)
- Pantheon (Marketplace)
- Portfield Chichester
- Sears Solihull
- Stratford (Marketplace)
- Sweetbriar Norwich
- Victoria Cardinal Place (Marketplace)
- Waterside (Market)
- Westbridge Park Stone
Several different UK chains are additionally starting to emerge from the lockdown.
From Monday, Pret a Manger had more than 100 outlets open for takeaway and supply via third events.
Fast-food chain McDonalds opened 15 pilot restaurants in southeast England on Wednesday but is offering providers solely by way of delivery by way of Uber Eats.
It plans to reopen a further 30 restaurants in the UK and Eire, providing providers by way of the drive-through lane from 20 Might.
Burger King UK, in the meantime, has been reopening its retailers in phases since 16 April, and says it'll have reopened 350 restaurants - three-quarters of its retailers - by the top of June.
Like McDonald's, the burger chain is serving a limited menu. Clients should order by way of meals supply cellular apps Just Eat and Deliveroo, even when visiting drive-through restaurants.
There has been excessive demand at some Burger King retailers, with a newly reopened Burger King restaurant in Moray having to shut on Wednesday due to long queues of traffic.
Espresso chain Starbucks may also from Thursday begin a phased reopening of 150 of its drive-through places and a few takeaway-only stores.
When Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced the lockdown in March, he advised restaurants and cafes to close, but exempted takeaway food locations.
Nevertheless, most chains akin to Nando's, KFC, Costa Coffee, Subway and Pizza Categorical chose to shut utterly, saying they needed to guard the wellbeing of employees and clients.
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