RESTAURANTS, homeware shops, and garden centres are among the businesses back open, after the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased.
Many are only open for takeaway services only and social distancing restrictions are in place and here we list exactly which shops have reopened.
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All non-essential shops were forced to close on March 23, after Boris Johnson brought in the lockdown to stem the spread of the virus.
Only those selling “essential” items were allowed to stay open including supermarkets, DIY shops, chemists, and post office.
In the past month some have started to reopen, after the Prime Minister unveiled a three-stage roadmap for getting the country back on its feet.
From Monday car showrooms and open air markets will return and from June 15 all other non-essential shops will follow.
They will have to follow strict guidelines, including providing hand sanitiser, regularly cleaning shops, and not allowing customers to try on clothes or make up, in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.
While charity shops, for example, will have to quarantine donated stock for 72 hours before sorting.
Here we explain which shops have now reopened and how they have changed to fit in with government guidance.
Which food restaurants and fast food chains are open?
Burger King started with reopening 50 branches at the start ofMay for drive-thru and delivery.
It then added 70 more to the list on May 18 and has said it'll reopen all of its 500 restaurants by the end of the month.
Restaurants just open for delivery only, are using Deliveroo and Just Eat for orders, which charge a fee depending on how far away you are from the restaurant.
There is also a limited menu but classics such as the Whopper, Chicken Royale and Bacon Double Cheeseburger will still be available.
To find out if your local is open, you can check the branch finder.
For those in need of a caffeine fix, Costa Coffee has now reopened 79 branches across the UK.
It started with four cafes opening on April 24 including those in Manchester and Bristol for drive-thru and delivery and has gradually been adding to the list.
This week it is planning on opening a further 58 on Thursday bringing the total to more than 300 of its 2,700 stores.
Cafes are open for drive thru and delivery orders only. To find out if yours is open, check the store locator.
To comply with social distancing rules, the cafes are only be available for either delivery via Uber Eats or as drive-thrus.
COVID-19 secure guidelines for non-essential shops
BEFORE non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen they must ensure that:
- Individuals are able to keep their distance from people outside of their households.
- They're reducing the risk of transmission by limiting the number of people that individuals come into contact with.
- Changing shift patterns to reduce the number of people in the office at one time.
- Keeping workspaces ventilated.
Five Guys has opened some restaurants for click and collect and delivery orders.
It kept 13 restaurants open for delivery and click and collect orders and then opened 16 more at the end of April.
It has been slowly adding to this list and currently has 69 of its 104 restaurants open across the UK.
The chain is providing the full menu and customers can order food for click and collect via the Five Guys website, or as a home delivery order with Deliveroo.
Five Guys doesn't charge extra for click and collect orders, and there is no minimum spend. With Deliveroo, you'll need to spend a minimum of £5 and pay a delivery charge of £2.99 per order.
At the start of May Greggs starting reopening a small number of branches in the North East on a trial basis.
This gradual reopening followed several trials with staff testing social distancing while stores remained shut to customers.
The chain temporarily closed all 2,050 shops in march, even though it was allowed to stay open for takeaway orders.
The fast food chicken chain now has more than 300 branches open for delivery and drive-thru orders.
If you're ordering KFC for delivery, you can do so through Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats.
Each of these food ordering apps will have their own delivery fees, so remember to check this before completing your order.
It is running a limited menu to help keep workers safe, so not all options are available.
You can keep an eye on store updates on the KFC website.
Marks and Spencer Cafes
M&S has reopened 49 cafes for hot drinks for customers when visiting the supermarket.
It started with just five and then increased the number for takeaway hot drinks.
The cafes, which are located in M&S stores across the UK, have been selected as they're next to the foodhall.
The fast food chain reopened 39 drive-thrus on Wednesday, May 20. This includes 33 restaurants in England and six more in Dublin, Ireland.
Five branches in the UK are also open for delivery only,and several restaurants open for drive thru are also offering home delivery.
We have the full list but you can also check the branch finder to find your nearest.
Orders must be a maximum of £25 and delivery delays are to be expected as McDonald's has fewer staff to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Although the fast food chain is open, not all meals can be purchased from the menu.
McDonald's has a limited menu but many fan favourites from the Big Mac to chicken nuggets are included. It has also said McMuffins will be back on the menu soon.
From today 54 Nandos branches will reopen for takeaway and delivery orders, with 40 more to follow tomorrow.
It initially opened six branches in London and Manchester for delivery orders at the end of April.
With these restaurants, customers were only able to order via Deliveroo and not through the restaurant directly.
But now click and collect orders will be able to be placed online via Nandos.co.uk for some restaurants.
The high-street pizza chain is to reopen 13 restaurants in London for delivery services on Thursday.
The chain will be running a limited menu from branches, including Notting Hill, Balham and Fulham, where it is most popular.
Pret a Manger
Pret started by reopening ten branches on April 16. It then reopened a number of other restuarants across the UK, and now has 101 open.
Customers can only make takeaway or delivery orders.
And from this Tuesday, May 11, it'll reopen another 71 branches inside and outside the capital for takeaway and delivery only – taking the total number of reopened branches to 101.
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Burger chain Shake Shack reopened two of its London restaurants for takeaway and delivery in April.
Customers are able to place takeaway orders in the restaurants themselves, or order food for home delivery through Deliveroo.
The company has 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.
Shake Shack is also offering delivery to SW11 postcodes in London from a Deliveroo kitchen in Battersea.
Starbucks has reopened 150 of its UK stores -for drive-thru and takeaway orders.
It hasn't revealed exactly which stores have been reopened but customers are advised to check the online store finder tool to see if their local branch is open.
It is serving a "near-complete" range of beverages including lattes, cappuccinos, iced coffees, teas and frappuccinos.
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
Which homeware shops are open?
Non-essential shops including homeware shops were told to close on March 23. These are separate to DIY or hardware shops, such as B&Q, Wickes, and Poundland which were deemed as essential and allowed to stay open.
Last week DFS opened three showrooms in Bolton, Leicester and Milton Keynes.
It will reopen the rest of its stores in stages from next Friday, May 29.
Dunelm has reopened the doors of 151 shops across England and Northern Ireland.
It says stores in Wales and Scotland will remain closed in line with guidance in those countries but these shops are open for click and collect.
It's also introduced a host of safety measures for inside stores and for deliveries.
Furniture Village reopened all 52 of its UK shops at the weekend.
The furniture retailer has safety measures in place in its newly reopened stores – including every customer having their temperature checked before they enter stores.
Customers are also being asked to sanitise their hands before they start shopping and there are directional markers on the floor of stores to remind people to stay two metres apart.
The Swedish chain has confirmed 19 of its stores will reopen on June 1.
All play areas and restaurants will remain closed and while customers will not be allowed to eat in store, they will be able to purchase food from the Swedish food market.
The Bistro, which operates a contact-free takeaway service, will open but safety measures will be in place.
These safety measures include two-metre distancing, screens, cashless payments only, and deeper and more frequent cleaning routines.
Matalan started welcoming back shoppers to its stores on Monday, May 18, with strict social distancing measures.
The reopened stores are located in out of town retail parks. They have large homeware departments and come with parking outside.
Matalan has around 230 branches across the UK. You can find your nearest one using its store locator tool.
All of ScS's 81 shops in England reopened at the weekend.
All reopened stores will have strict safety measures in place to keep staff and customers safe.
This includes asking shoppers to keep two metres apart, and limiting the number of customers allowed in stores at one time.
Pubs have begun to plan for reopening, including Wetherspoons.
While some hair dressers have been opening in secret during lockdown.
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