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Greggs to Trial Reopening of Stores

Greggs to start re-opening for takeaways only after lockdown closures

Greggs is set to reopen some of its bakeries for takeaways to see if it can safely operate without breaking social distancing rules. The high street bakery closed all 2,050 of its stores across the country last month as the UK government imposed sweeping restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Non-essential shops were ordered to close while food outlets were allowed to continue trading for takeaways and deliveries. But Greggs, as well as McDonald’s, Burger King, Nando’s and many others, closed their doors to protect their staff from the virus.

A Greggs spokesperson announced on Sunday they are looking at ways to reopen stores nationwide. ‘We are planning to conduct a limited trial with volunteers to explore how we can reopen our shops with new measures in place that keep our colleagues and customers as safe as we can when we re-open at scale,’ they told The Sun. Some Greggs stores initially turned into takeaways before closing down in response to the lockdown.

The bakery has not yet said how many branches will be reopened, or what kind of service will be on offer. It comes as McDonald’s reportedly said they were in talks about opening its 1,249 restaurants across the UK. McDonald’s could start taking delivery orders and open its drive-thru service as early as mid-May, the Irish Farmers Journal reports. A McDonald’s spokesperson said: ‘Of course we are thinking about re-opening and having those conversations – but it’s unclear when that will be.’

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