Pret a Manger has just announced it will be closing all its 400 UK stores from this evening.

On Wednesday, it switched to a takeaway model and closed seating areas, later telling staff it was cutting working hours and pay by a quarter as customers followed government advice to stay at home to dampen the spread of coronavirus.

In a message to customers today, Pret CEO Pano Christou, said: “My priority is always to protect our teams as much as we can. For this reason, we will be closing all our UK shops temporarily from this evening.

“We will of course ensure any excess food goes to those who need it most. We look forward to being a part of your daily lives again soon. Until then, stay healthy and look after each other.”