Marks and Spencer to reopen stores next week with huge 50 percent off sale

Marks and Spencer (M&S) has announced clothing stores will start to reopen next week, on June 15. When stores are open, shoppers could be treated to up to 50 percent off in a huge sale. There will also be new shopping rules that must be followed.

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In March this year, non-essential shops in the UK were asked to close during the coronavirus crisis.

Marks and Spencer closed their clothing stores to help encourage social distancing.

Its food halls remained open and some cafés have since reopened for takeaway only.

The clothing chain has now announced more stores will start to reopen on June 15, in line with government guidelines.

Its website reads: “Following the latest government guidance, we are planning to open the majority of our clothing space on June 15th.”

A spokesperson added: “We are working towards reopening more space from June.

“We have supported the government on its safer workplace guidance and await further information on its re-phasing plans.

“We’ve been successfully operating social distancing in our stores for some time and we will take our learning from this as we reopen our clothing business.”

When doors do open next week, customers could snap up some deals in a huge sale.

Items from this sale can already be accessed online and is said to include up to 50 percent off deals.

The rainbow sale was launched to support NHS charities with 10 percent of proceeds being donated.

When branches do reopen, new social distancing measures will be put into place to protect the safety of customers and staff.

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M&S shopping rules

The retailer has increased hygiene measures that need to be followed in-stores.

These include encouraging contactless payments and keeping a two metre distance between customers.

The M&S website said: “There will be a number of measures in place to keep everyone healthy and well.

“For example, perspex screens at till points, floor markings to help with social distancing, hand sanitisers by the entrances and an increased contactless payment limit of £45 at clothing tills.”

Food halls that stayed open have introduced similar social distancing rules.

New opening hours were also put in place for elderly and vulnerable customers, and emergency services staff.

“We want to make sure everyone has access to the items they need,” the website states.

“So we are setting aside the first hour of trading on certain days for our older and vulnerable customers, and for our brilliant NHS staff, carers and emergency workers.

“For older and vulnerable customers, this is on Mondays and Thursdays. For NHS staff, carers and emergency workers, this is on Tuesdays and Fridays.”

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