Subway is to open just over 600 stores, a quarter of its UK estate, in a phased reopening plan.

Starting today (12 May), locally owned and operated stores will begin reopening with new operational and social distancing measures in place.

The measures, which have been tested in the small number of stores that remained open to serve key workers, include new fixtures, directional signage to support social distancing, enhanced hygiene practices and the supply of PPE for staff.

The stores will also operate delivery, offering free delivery on orders over £10 through Just Eat, Uber Eats or Deliveroo, and all NHS workers will receive 25% off order - delivery or in-store.

“We have slowly and safely introduced a new store operating framework that will be rolling out across stores to protect guests, sandwich artists, delivery drivers and our suppliers,” said Colin Hughes, country director.

“The weeks and months ahead will continue to be challenging for everyone and Subway will play its part in supporting the new normal whatever that may look and feel like.”