DESPITE the UK still being in lockdown, some retailers and fast food chains are slowly starting to reopen stores.
Shops and restaurants are allowed to continue to trade online during the lock down, even though branches must temporarily close to the public following government orders.
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The closures are to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus and relieve pressure on the NHS.
But many essential shops also ended up closing over fears continuing to operate would put staff and customers at risk.
Now, some of these chains are beginning to trial reopening stores – although it won’t be business as usual.
Here are all of the shops that are starting to reopen their stores and/or websites during lockdown and what measures they’ve put in place to keep shoppers and staff safe.
B&Q has now reopened all 288 of its UK stores.
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Since then, it’s been gradually opening more as it said it became clear staff could serve customers safely following social distancing measures.
The DIY chain is considered to be “essential” meaning it is allowed to stay open during the lockdown.
You can find the full list of reopened stores here.
Furniture retailer Dunelm shut its doors and website last month after the government lockdown, but it opened its online operations a few weeks later.
The retailer has made selected items available for home delivery on its website, but the click and collect service won’t be available until stores are able to reopen.
Furniture and larger items are also excluded, as they would require a two-person team for delivery.
Dunelm says deliveries may be delayed, but it’ll let you know on individual product pages and in your shopping basket if so.
The retailer offers free delivery on orders over £20.
If your total order amount is less, you’ll have to pay from £3.95 for the trouble.
Greggs have opened some of their stores in the Newcastle area as part of its trial period for walk-in customers to test social distancing measures.
They had previously looked at officially reopening the 20 shops in Newcastle – where Greggs headquarters is based – but scrapped these plans over fears of huge customer demand.
When asked by The Sun where the trial locations are and how many branches had opened, Greggs declined to say.
Ikea is reportedly planning to reopen its UK stores on May 18 – with strict social distancing measures in place.
But the Mail suggested earlier this week that the retailer was working out how it could reopen when the lockdown is eased, and has pencilled in mid-May as a target date.
The fast food chain revealed last month that they would be soon opening back up on a trial basis.
However, in Friday’s coronavirus press briefing, Environment Secretary George Eustice hinted McDonald’s could open all of its drive-thru restaurants.
He said: “A McDonald’s drive-through is made for the social distancing situation that we are in.”
Next reopened its website on April 22 after two weeks of being offline over coronavirus fears, but it’s only doing limited orders.
It was one of the few retailers to temporarily stop online trading as well as close its stores, largely due to the shut down of its warehouses and distribution centres over staff safety concerns.
But following a consultation with workers, a string of new safety measures have been put in place including one-way systems and new walkways at its warehouses.
Next has also set limits on the number of items that can be ordered in a day so staff can work safely to fulfil them.
But its maximum order capacity was reached within an hour of it reopening.
If you’re desperate to make a Next order, make sure you do so early in the day to avoid missing out.
Its stores remain closed as they are not considered to be essential.
However, earlier this week the retailer began to outline plans to reopen when the lockdown is eased.
It said it would prioritise larger, out-of-town stores, where social distancing can be more easily implemented because these shops tend to have more room to queue outside and are open for longer.
Other safety measures it is likely to add include perspex screens to separate workers and customers at the tills, distance markings on the floor and hand sanitiser stations.
Shops allowed to stay open
ONLY a small group of retailers will be allowed to stay open, they include:
- Takeaways and food deliveries
- Health shops
- Medical services – eg, dentists
- Pet shops
- Hardware stores
- Retail shops in hospitals
- Petrol stations
- Bicycle shops
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Banks, building societies
- Short-term loan providers, credit unions and cash points
- Storage and distribution centres
- Post Offices
- Car rental services and car parks near vital services such as supermarkets
- Public toilets
- Car garages and repair shops
- Food banks and shelters
Fashion retailer Quiz closed its website on March 27 due to staff concerns, but then reopened it on April 14.
While its stores remain closed, you’ll be able to place orders online and get standard delivery.
This costs £3.99, and usually takes between two and five working days in normal circumstances.
Quiz has temporarily axed the next day delivery option in order to help keep staff safe.
Fashion retailer River Island reopened its online store earlier this month after implementing new safety measures for staff in its warehouse.
It stressed that it’s not back to “business as usual” yet, although it’s accepting new orders again.
River Island said it expects some delay in the usual delivery times, but said all new orders should be processed within 14 days.
If you made an order while the warehouse was closed, River Island said it’ll now process it as a priority.
The retailer offers free standard UK delivery, which in normal circumstances would take between three to four days to arrive.
The shoe repairer, dry cleaning and locksmith chain announced last week that it is going to slowly start reopening some of its stores.
While its locksmiths have remained open during the lockdown, it’s now planning on opening stores that are located inside supermarkets after receiving the go-ahead by the government.
Perspex screens have been put up in these stores and strict hygiene routines will be implemented to keep staff and customers safe during this time.
The shops will gradually be reopening over the next few weeks – you can find out which ones are open here.
Timpsons has topped up furloughed staff salaries by 20 per cent while the stores have been closed down, and will continue to do so for those who aren’t able to return to work yet.
Fashion and homeware retailer TK Maxx reopened its website last week to accept orders and deliveries.
The retailer had paused orders from its website last month as it tried to keep staff safe during the coronavirus crisis.
It has also placed a limit on how many orders it can take each day.
“If we reach this daily limit, our customers will still be able to browse, but won’t be able to add to basket or place any orders,” it said on its website.
“We’ll be ready to take orders again the next day, so do come back and visit us.”
All 349 UK stores remain closed and the click and collect service is still unavailable.
The hardware store has reopened six branches with strict social distancing measures in place, a month after all 230 shops were closed at the start of the lockdown.
Stores in Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham will open to the public on Thursday, April 30.
Wickes is considered essential so it can continue to stay open to serve customers.
The trial stores will operate shorter opening hours on Monday to Saturday, opening at 7am and closing at 6pm. Sunday is set to revert back to the trading hours of 10am to 4pm.
Its website remains open for sales, with click and collect and home delivery still running.
Fast food restaurants
Burger King is currently carrying out a phased reopening of the majority of restaurants for delivery and drive-thru orders.
It’s pledged to reopen one in every city by May 31 – you can see the full list of those that are already up and running here.
Cafe and restaurants are allowed to continue to offer a takeaway service during lockdown, but Burger King closed all branches to keep staff and customers safe.
The restaurants are offering a limited menu, although classics such as Whoppers and Chicken Royales are available, and customers can order their food through Just Eat or Deliveroo.
It means that only those who live within a certain area of the open branches will be able to order.
You might want to keep in mind that Deliveroo has a minimum spend of £5 for Burger King orders, plus a £2.95 delivery charge.
Just Eat charges a delivery fee of £2.50.
Caffeine addicts will be pleased to know Costa Coffee has already reopened some of its stores.
It initially reopened four branches for drive-thru and delivery orders, and then opened another 29 stores for delivery and drive-through last Saturday.
Click here to see where Costa has reopened – although keep in mind customers won’t be able to eat inside these stores.
As well as hot drinks, Costa is also serving cakes and hot food, including toasties and sandwiches.
It’s teamed up with Uber Eats for deliveries and there is no minimum delivery spend – but you’ll need to pay a delivery fee of £3.50 per order.
Costa announced it was temporarily closing the majority of its 2,700 stores on March 23, keeping just a handful of branches inside hospitals open for NHS staff.
Five Guys has reopened 47 of its 104 restaurants for click and collect and delivery orders only, along with a full menu.
Customers can order food via the Five Guys website and arrange to collect it themselves – there’s no minimum spend or extra charge to do this.
If you’re unable to leave the house, it’s teamed up with Deliveroo but you’ll need to factor in the £5 minimum spend and £2.99 delivery charge when placing your order.
Greggs had been planning to reopen 20 branches in Newcastle this week as part of a “controlled trial”.
A spokesperson told The Sun: “We want to play our part in getting the nation back up and running again so 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 reopen at scale.”
But it later said rather than opening the stores to customers, it would now hold the trials behind closed doors because of fears of overcrowding.
If the trial is deemed successful, Greggs would then look to open another 700 stores, including 150 franchises, as part of phase two.
But it would only look to do this if the government takes the first steps in relaxing lockdown measures, such as allowing children to return to school.
Providing childcare this way will allow more members of staff to return to work.
Either way, we can’t wait to get our chops around a steak bake or vegan sausage roll.
You won’t be able to order directly from the restaurant – you’ll need to go through a third party delivery service.
Orders placed through Deliveroo will see a £3.49 delivery charge added to the bill, while Just East charges £3 and Uber Eats charges £3.50.
Yesterday it also opened 55 drive-thrus, open from midday to 9pm, seven days a week.
However, KFC is urging customers to continue to order online still if they can.
KFC is running a limited menu to help keep workers safe, but when we checked, you can still order single sandwiches, smaller meal boxes and larger bucket options.
KFC has 900 outlets in the UK, with the chicken chain having temporarily shut up shop on March 23.
McDonald’s reopened one branch last week to test whether it’s possible to operate while using PPE and maintaining social distancing rules.
Unfortunately, it’s not open to customers yet as it is the very early stages of a trial.
But fans can look forward to a burger before too long – McDonald’s has said it will open 15 stores for delivery only from May 13.
It was previously been reported that it was revealed that the fast food chain is working on plans to reopen in mid-May for takeaways and deliveries.
But bosses said that branches would only reopen when they are confident that the right procedures are in place.
Nando’s has reopened six restaurants in London and Manchester for delivery orders available from today.
It comes after the chicken chain temporarily shut all 340 restaurants on March 23 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Customers who want to get their Peri Peri fix will need to order from Nando’s via Deliveroo.
Nando’s has also confirmed it’ll be running a reduced menu, although it said the majority of fan favourites will still be ready to order.
When The Sun checked today, Nando’s was serving Peri Peri chicken wings, halloumi and Peri Peri chips.
The reopened restaurants include four in London and two in Manchester, with core opening hours of 12pm to 9pm.
Pret a Manger
Pret a Manger has now reopened 30 London cafes for both takeaway and delivery.
It initially opened ten branches close to hospitals to help serve frontline healthcare workers, which were only open for delivery orders placed through Just Eat, Deliveroo or Uber Eats.
But last week it opened 20 more branches, and is now offering takeaway services too.
It is also planning to open another 71 branches in London, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Reading, St Albans and Tunbridge Wells on May 11.
If you do want your Pret goodies delivered, you’ll need to factor in the delivery charges, for example, Deliveroo charges £3.49, Just Eat is £3 and Uber Eats charges £3.50.
Only a limited menu is available including the most popular sandwiches, salads and baguettes.
Pret a Manger has around 500 cafes in the UK, all of which shut on March 21.
Burger chain Shake Shack is to reopen two of its London restaurants for takeaway and delivery this week.
The Tottenham Court Road branch opened on Tuesday April 28, and the one in Canary Wharf opens on Thursday April 30.
Customers will be able to place takeaway orders in the restaurants themselves, or order food for home delivery through Deliveroo.
The company, which is known for its burgers, crinkly fries and milkshakes, said it has now introduced social distancing measures designed to keep staff and customers safe.
These include face masks for all employees, floor markers, contactless pick-up and delivery, and allocated pick-up zones for delivery riders.
The opening hours for the Tottenham Court Road and Canary Wharf restaurants will be 11.30am to 10pm.
Shake Shack also announced today that it would be offering delivery to SW11 postcodes in London from a Deliveroo kitchen in Battersea.
The kitchen will be open for delivery only from 11am to 10:45pm, seven days a week.