Pret will re-open ten shop kitchens located near hospitals on Thursday, for takeaway and delivery only, after requests from NHS workers and hospitals. It’s also reinstated the 50% discount for NHS workers until April.

The move will also allow Pret to start up its supply chain and donate around 7,000 meals a week to homeless charities.

The kitchens will be open between 8am and 2pm and delivery will be made via third party operators. Pret will also start selling basic groceries like milk, butter and tea.

The shops will be staffed by 160 existing team members who have volunteered to return to work and social distancing measures will be in place for staff and customers.

In a blog, Pret CEO Pano Christou said since temporarily closing, the business had heard from “local NHS workers and hospitals that wanted to be able to access freshly made food nearby. At the same time, our homeless charity partners and the Evening Standard, via its Food For London Now appeal, have made it clear that more needs to be done to support vulnerable people through this epidemic.

“We have given some careful thought to how Pret could rise to this challenge, ensuring that we do so safely and in line with government guidance.

“We are incredibly grateful that 160 Team Members have volunteered to help reopen 10 shops in London, located close to hospitals. In doing so, this will help give frontline healthcare workers better access to freshly prepared food while also getting our supply chain up and running again to deliver food to the homeless.

“These shops will be open for takeaway and delivery only, offering a reduced range of Pret favourites, as well as a selection of essentials like milk, bread and butter. We’re bringing back our 50% discount for NHS workers until the end of the month and 7,000 additional meals per week will be donated to our charity partners, including The Felix Project as part of the Evening Standard’s appeal.

“My priority is always to protect our teams and customers as best we can, which means we have put in place a number of new social distancing measures to align with the government’s guidance.

“A huge thank you to our teams who have volunteered to run these shops.

The postcodes for the shops set to reopen are EC1V 1NR, SW3 4NB, SW8 2JW, NW8 6PG, W1T 5LL, SW7 3HZ, SW17 0RE, SW10 9TN, SW17 9PA and W1W 6PM.