The news came as Costa made the decision to open two drive-thru lanes and two stores for delivery only in line with the latest government advice.
Costa said whilst the drive-thrus are open to all customers, they are “intended to offer critical and key workers the chance to enjoy a Costa on essential journeys” and no customers will be allowed into the stores but can order via Uber Eats, who will deliver.
The coffee chain announced the closure of all of its branches amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, resulting in over 2,000 of its stores in March.
In a statement, CEO Jill MCDonald said the safety of staff and customers is the company’s “number one priority” and said the company has placed new social distancing guidelines, enhanced hygiene procedures and have provided its teams with personal protective equipment.
She said: “We have been really pleased with how well our stores teams have been able to adapt to our new ways of working, allowing us to serve great coffee, as safely as possible.
“Whilst most of our stores remain closed we continue to pay our store team members 100% pay and are incredibly grateful to those who have volunteered to work across these reopening stores and to those who have been managing our first four stores this past week.”