MARKS & Spencer food halls remain open as they’re considered an essential business during the coronavirus crisis.
All supermarkets are allowed to stay open during the third lockdown in England with the latest restrictions expected to stay in place until at least mid-February.
But shoppers are now also being asked to wear face masks in store, unless medically exempt, or risk being refused entry, according to Somerset Live.
It comes following similar action from rivals Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Sainsbury’s.
We’ve asked M&S to confirm its latest coronavirus rules and we’ll update this article when we get a response.
The UK suffered its second deadliest day so far in the coronavirus pandemic yesterday, with 1,243 fatalities reported.
The total number of infections is now 3,164,051 after 45,533 more tested positive.
When are M&S stores opening and closing?
M&S stores that sell food remain open as usual, according to the latest update on the supermarket’s website.
Shops that sell clothing, homeware, beauty products and food will remain open for food sales only.
But branches that only sell clothing, homeware and beauty products are closed for now, in line with the latest government restrictions.
M&S has more than 1,000 stores in the UK.
You can find your nearest store and check opening times on the “find a store” page on their website.
Opening hours vary between 6am and 9am and closing times vary from 8pm to 10pm on weekdays.
Like all supermarket chains, M&S has closed its in-store cafes.
When is the best time to shop there?
Google has a tracker which allows you to see when the peak times are.
If you search for “M&S” or “Marks and Spencer” and then click on your nearest store, it will show a bar chart of when the store’s busiest times are.
Is there a limit on items?
M&S no longer has buying restrictions in place on any of its products.
Previously, the store rationed its hand sanitisers and antibacterial products.
It also used to have a limit of two items per person across all of its grocery division.
Can I order online?
Yes, you can order M&S food from online via Ocado.
The amount you’re charged for delivery depends on the day and time of your slot, and how much you’re spending.
If your order is less than £75, there’s a minimum charge of £2.99 and a maximum of £6.99. For standard orders of £75 or more, you may be offered free delivery.
M&S shoppers can also still order clothing and homeware products from its website.
But keep in mind delivery is charged at £3.50 for orders under £50 – anything above this amount is free – or you can also click and collect for no charge.
What coronavirus safety measures does M&S have in place?
On its website, M&S lists the following coronavirus safety measures:
- Social distancing measures in stores
- Face masks compulsory for all customers and staff, unless medically exempt
- Staff supplied with PPE
- Perspex screens at checkouts
- Extra cleaning throughout stores