Greggs has confirmed it will be reopening 800 of its stores for takeaway this Thursday.
Greggs has been trialling a reopening phase with a small number of stores, and previously promised that a select number of shops could be open by mid-June.
In a report, Greggs said: “In line with this plan we intend to re-open around 800 shops to takeaway customers later this week, on Thursday 18 June.
“All team members are being trained in the range of operational changes and protective measures that we have implemented across our retail estate.”
Greggs has also confirmed the social distancing measures that will be in place including floor markings, protective screens, PPE for staff and hand sanitiser.
Although the company will still be accepting cash, contactless payments is encouraged.
The company has also said that company rewards that were set to expire will be extended until December 2020.
Greggs is expecting smaller sales as it reopens stores, with fewer customers allowed in the store at any one time.
These expected lower sales means some staff will remain on furlough until the sales ‘begin returning to normal’.
Following the queues that the likes of KFC, McDonald’s and Primark have seen when they reopened, Greggs has been cautious at reopening and avoiding any overcrowding at sites.
Due to Gregg’s ability to offer takeaway services, it had been allowed to remain open throughout the lockdown. However, bosses said this would compromise the safety of its employees so instead closed for three months.
Although the menu is slightly reduced, favourites like sausage rolls, steak bakes, vegan sausage rolls, yum yums and a range of breakfast classics are all still up for grabs.
Greater Manchester Greggs reopening this Thursday, June 18th:
- Altrincham, 54 George St, WA14 1RH
- Bolton, 64 Deansgate, BI1 1BG
- Bury, U1B Pilsworth Rd, BL9 8RZ
- Bury, The Rock SC, 22 Central St, BL9 0JN
- Chadderton, U3A Shopping PCT, OL9 0LQ
- Clayton, Manchester, 998 Ashton New Rd, M11 4PE
- Didsbury, Manchester, 733 Wilmslow Rd, M20 6WF
- Droylsden, U35 Queens Wlk, M43 7AD
- Edgeley, Stockport, 55 Castle St, SK3 9AT
- Glossop, 25 High St West, SK13 8AZ
- Leigh, U3 Parsonage RP, WN7 5SJ
- Manchester, 10 Oxford Rd, M1 5QA
- Manchester, 28 Cross St, M2 7AQ
- Manchester, 41 Deansgate, M3 2AY
- Manchester, U34 Fort SP, M8 8EP
- Manchester, 175 Arndale SC, M4 2HU
- Manchester, Greggs @ Asda Eastlands, M11 4BD
- Manchester, 93 Piccadilly, M1 2DA
- Manchester, 15a City Tower, Parker St, M1 4AJ
- Marple, 3 The Hollins, SK6 6AY
- Oldham, U6 Town Sq SC, OL1 1XD
- Oldham, 23 Henshaw St, OL1 1NH *Just Eat & Click+Collect only
- Openshaw, U7 Lime Sq, M11 1DA
- Rochdale, Yorkshire St, OL16 1EA
- Rochdale, U2 Kingsway RP, OL16 5AF
- Sale, 45 School Rd, M33 7YE
- Salford, 104 Mather Way, M6 5HU
- Salford, 258 Eccles Old Rd, M6 8HH
- Stockport, Merseyway SC, SK1 1RA
- Stockport, U5 Manchester Rd, SK4 1TN
- Wigan, 21 Market Pl, WN1 1PE
- Wigan, Greggs @ Asda Wigan, WN5 0XA
- Wythenshawe, UA, The Hub, Ledson Rd, M23 9GB
- EURO Ashton Road, SK6 2QN
- EURO Hollinwood, OL8 3RB
- EURO Newton, WN8 8TL
- EURO Royal Green, M22 4SY
- EURO Salford Quays, M5 4QD
- MOTO Birch, OL10 2HQ
- MOTO Birch West, OL10 2QH
The limited menu branches will be serving:
- Bacon and sausage
- Bacon and omelette
- Sausage and omelette
- Pain au chocolat
- All butter croissant
- Sausage roll
- Vegan sausage roll
- Vegan steak bake
- Steak bake
- Chicken bake
- Sausage, bean and cheese melt
- Cheese and onion bake
- Bacon and cheese wrap
- Three cheese pizza
- Three cheese and pepperoni pizza
- Ham and cheese baguette
- Tuna crunch baguette
- Roast chicken and bacon club baguette
- Roast chicken mayonnaise baguette
- Mature cheddar cheese salad baguette
- Chicken tandoori baguette
- Mexican chicken baguette
- Honey roast ham salad baguette
- Mature cheddar cheese ploughman’s oval bite
- Chargrill chicken oval bite
- Mexican chicken oval bite
- Novelty biscuit
- Gingerbread man
- Chocolate chunk shortbreads
- Caramel shortbreads
- Milk chocolate cookie
- Triple chocolate cookie
- White chocolate cookie
- Jam doughnut
- Caramel custard doughnut
- Sugar strand doughnut
- Triple chocolate doughnut
- Pink jammie doughnut
- Yum yums
- Mini yum yums
- Mini gluten free brownies
Drinks and snacks:
- Freshly ground coffee, tea and hot chocolate
- The full range of cold drinks
- Selected crisps
Greater Manchester Nightingale Hospital open again due to high levels of coronavirus
The Nightingale Hospital for the North West will open later this week and house non-Covid patients.
The temporary facility to treat patients with Covid-19 opened originally in April but has been closed in summer.
However, later this week it is set to reopen for non-Covid patients.
It is set to reopen as figures show the number of coronavirus patients being treated in the North West is now approaching the level it was in the first surge of the virus.
A spokesperson said: “The NHS Nightingale Hospital North West will accept patients from today to provide care for those who do not have Covid-19, but do need further support before they are able to go home, such as therapy and social care assessments.”
As of October 26th, North West hospitals had 2,407 patients with coronavirus, the highest number of cases since April 23rd.
Dr Jane Eddleston, medical director of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Nightingale will not be used as a critical care facility and neither was it in the first phase. It will be used as a facility for patients to have additional rehabilitation.”
Sacha Lord says 10pm curfew will be reviewed next month
Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser, Sacha Lord, has said the government will review the 10pm curfew in November.
All hospitality venues must shut their doors at 10pm under current laws, however, Sacha Lord and other industry members have been campaigning the curfew.
Since September 24th, when the curfew was put in place, the #CancelTheCurfew movement has been backed by a number of industry professionals.
The Parklife founder, Lord, filed a pre-action letter last night which claimed there was no scientific justification of the Tier 3 regulations and the limits on pubs and bars operating hours.
Lord has tweeted that the government ‘are reviewing the UK 10pm curfew’ in November.
He wrote: “In November, the Government are reviewing the UK 10pm curfew.
“It doesn’t work for the public or operators.
“Overloaded transport, crowded takeaways, supermarkets etc.
“It’s doing far more harm than good. Operators are running safe and secure COVID19 venues.
“Cancel the Curfew”
Lord confirmed they had a formal response from the government regarding the judicial review where he said ‘we consider it insufficient’.
He added “I cannot go into detail, but I can say that we have considered it and it is insufficient. I have instructed my lawyers to commence legal proceedings.”
Lord is now backing the OneGM campaign, which sees different sectors of the industry coming together to show support for businesses and people in Greater Manchester.
It is unclear yet when Greater Manchester will be removed from Tier 3 restrictions.
Dr Hilary backs calls for tier 3 restrictions across all of England by Christmas
It’s not looking good.
Dr Hilary has responded on GMB this morning to reports that the whole of England should be in tier 3 by Christmas.
It comes following some reports that all of England could be placed under the strictest coronavirus restrictions by mid-December.
The UK deaths hit their highest level in five months on Tuesday, when 367 new fatalities linked to coronavirus and nearly 23,000 more cases were recorded.
The Sun explained that SAGE member, Professor Sir Mark Walport said it is ‘not unrealistic’ to think that 25,000 people could be in hospital with Covid-19 by the end of November.
With total Covid related deaths reaching 61,000 across the nation, there are predictions that figures will be higher than the Spring peak come December.
Members of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Body (Sage) are reportedly warning that virus rates all over the country will soar past the levels seen in areas in the North already.
A government source also told The Sun ‘the latest Sage numbers are utterly bleak.’
According to the Daily Telegraph, ‘Downing Street is working on the assumption that the second wave of COVID-19 will be more deadly than the first.’
From next week parts of Nottinghamshire and Warrington will be placed into Tier Three.
This means that more than eight million people in England, predominantly in the North, will be under the most stringent Covid-19 restrictions by the end of the week.
The Environment Secretary, George Eustice, told Sky News: “The prime minister has been very clear, as we all are, that we want people to celebrate Christmas in a way that is as close to normal as possible.
“But it is too early to be able to say exactly what the situation will become Christmas, and exactly what different parts of the country will or will not be able to do.
“Obviously checking the spread of this virus is paramount, but alongside that we want people to live their lives as close to normal as possible, including at Christmas which is an incredibly important time for families.”
Dr Hilary Jones spoke on Good Morning Britain this morning explaining that a vaccine ‘won’t stop a rise in infections’.
Jones said: “Just look at the figures, the hospital admissions are increasing, doubling every two weeks. In a month from now, we’ll be worse than we were in the first wave.”
He said: “We can’t rely on a vaccine, we hope it will save people from dying but it won’t stop infections, not the early vaccine anyway.”
Adding that: “I think we still need to rely on the basic principles which is hands, face, space and if we all do that and we’re realistic and don’t say Christmas is an exception.
“If we make Christmas an exception, then every celebration will be an exception. A birthday, a Friday night, a promotion…”