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Paul reopens London sites for takeaway

Paul has announced it is reopening seven of its stores in Canary Wharf, Hampstead, Holland Park, South Kensington, Hammersmith, Marble Arch and Wimbledon.

Its Chelsea, Earl Court and Islington sites are also scheduled to open next week.

The reopened sites will operate daily between 8am until 2pm for takeaway service online, with the intention of serving local communities and NHS staff.

For the first time ever, the French bakery chain’s goods will also be available for delivery via Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

Paul’s said that safety is of “paramount importance”, and social distancing will therefore be maintained across all sites. NHS workers, care workers, the elderly and disabled customers will all be prioritised. 

All employees will wear PPE at all times with handwashing and surface sanitising will now  take place every 10 minutes. All seating has been removed from sites, while transactions are now cashless and the use of reusable cups have been paused.

Paul will continue to support the NHS and the vulnerable, offering NHS workers free coffee and tea to takeaway, and donating meals via deliveries direct to London hospitals. 

The group has also been donating unsold bread and puddings to London based charity, The Felix Project, which distributes surplus fresh food amongst the vulnerable.

Mark Hilton, CEO of Paul UK, said: “We took the careful decision to responsibly open some of our stores to extend our delivery miles and give access to those who can’t get to the supermarkets easily. 

“We’ve put new processes in place and stepped up our already stringent hygiene measures. Our team members have returned on an opt-in volunteer basis – nobody feeling uncomfortable needs to come back – and the free coffees for NHS workers is a small token of our huge appreciation.”

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