The Greggs stores reopening in Greater Manchester today

Greggs is officially back open on a high street near you after the chain’s 800 stores opened back up today after weeks of trials across the UK.

The selected 800 stores opened their doors at 9am this morning on Thursday 19 June and there are plenty of new safety guidelines to follow.

However, while most of the staples are still available, the bakery chain has reduced its food menu in order to ensure time spent in their kitchens is quick, efficient and safe.

Included in the 800 stores that will reopen this morning are 40 branches across the Greater Manchester region, including sites in the city centre, Didsbury, Oldham and Salford.

Only one person per household will be allowed in these stores, with 2 metre distancing being enforced. Seating areas and customer toilets will remain closed for obvious reasons, and only card payments or Greggs Reward cards will be accepted.

Roger Whiteside, Greggs chief executive said: “Over the past month, we have carried out robust trials using our new operational and social distancing measures and they have progressed well.

“This has allowed us to move to our next re-opening phase with just over 800 of our shops welcoming customers back this week.

“The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is our priority and for this reason we have put in the time and effort to make a thorough assessment of all shops.

“Although we will open with a reduced range, this will be a significant step in us helping the nation get back up and running and serving the communities that we operate in.”

You can find your local store on the Greggs store finder here, which will also tell you which stores have reopened.

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