Greggs will close all of its seating areas as part of an effort to restrict the spread of COVID-19.

The to-go brand will continue to operate as a takeaway service through its click and collect and Greggs Delivery channels, options that are available in 106 shops and six cities respectively.

Other measures include closing customer toilets, moving all items from condiment units to behind the counter, closing water refill stations and not accepting reusable cups.

Following calls for Greggs to follow other to-go brands in offering health-service personnel benefits, it will now offer free hot-drinks for those workers on presentation of their work pass.

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation closely, reviewing developments and the latest advice, and inform you of any additional steps we need to take,” said Roger Whiteside, Greggs CEO.

“We’ll keep as many of our shops open for as long as possible, but you may see a change in our opening hours and range as we respond to this ever-changing landscape.”

“We’ve overcome various challenges over the last 80 years, and as has been said by our government, we will do whatever it takes to get through this crisis together.”

The move comes just days after the same decision by McDonalds, which is also operating as delivery and collection only for the foreseeable future.