MARKS and Spencer’s Food Halls have been open since the beginning of lockdown.
But clothing stores were shut as they were deemed non-essential. Now M&S has outlined steps to reopen keeping customers and staff safe.
When will Marks and Spencer stores reopen?
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced in a coronavirus press briefing that non-essential indoor shops will be permitted to reopen from June 15.
The move is one of the steps the Government is taking to return Britain back to normal in order to kick start the economy, which has seen a downturn following the lockdown.
Marks & Spencer has kept food halls open during the lockdown but will be able to reopen other departments after the announcement.
The retailer was ordered to shut on March 23 after Mr Johnson announced the closure of all non-essential shops.
Which stores are reopening clothing and homeware departments?
Marks & Spencer has revealed it has made plans to reopen other store departments in June.
The chain has 290 stores which sell both food and clothes but the clothing section had been blocked off as it is not essential.
A representative of Marks & Spencer said: “We are working towards reopening more space from June.
“Our 290 stores that sell both clothing and food are led by a single manager so it means they already have a brilliant working knowledge of the necessary hygiene measures, how to manage social distancing and the flow of our customers in and out of their store.”
Marks and Spencer is one of several high street retailers set to slash their prices by 70 per cent in a bid to sell stock which could not be sold as a result of the lockdown.
The retailer has already opened 49 cafes across the country for takeaway services.
What are the new lockdown shopping rules at M&S?
The retailer has said it will update in-store measures to ensure the safety of both customers and staff.
“To keep all our customers and colleagues well, our stores will have additional social distancing measures in place,” according to its website.
It also urges customers to be ‘kind’ and give each other space.
“Colleagues across our stores and supply chain have been provided with additional hygiene products to use and extra cleaning is taking place to keep up our excellent standards for you and our teams,” according to the retailer.
The Government has told businesses set to reopen on June 15 to comply with PHE rules on social distancing.
Under the rules, individuals who are not from the same household must ensure there is a gap of two metres between them at all times.