Greggs is the latest chain to announce closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It joins prominent high street names including Nando’s, McDonald’s and Costa Coffee.
Greggs had closed all eat-in sections of its shops already, but now says social distancing would be impossible while they remain open.
Greggs CEO Roger Whiteside said: “We’ve been doing everything we can to keep our shops open and everyone safe but it has become clear that to help us all maintain social distance we need to go further and close all of our shops completely.
“So, we have made the difficult decision to close all of our shops on Tuesday 24th March.
First and foremost, thank you to our amazing colleagues for the hard work they have been putting in every day.
“They live and breathe the Greggs spirit, and we couldn’t have got through these challenging times without their unwavering positivity and cooperation.
“While we are closed, we will continue supporting our colleagues with full contract hours for as long as we are able although we will need to keep this under review as the situation develops.