Marks & Spencer shares latest opening times and new rules for 'easier' Christmas shopping

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With just two days until Christmas, many Britons have headed out for some last minute shopping. This has led to long queues outside stores including some Marks & Spencer branches.

A statement said: “[There] are five things we’ve been telling our customers they can do to make shopping quicker, easier and safer in the final few days before Christmas.”

Marks & Spencer listed a number of safety measures Britons should follow in stores.

Shop alone where you can

Customers are asked to visit stores alone if possible to reduce the number of people in stores.

The statement said: “We know some customers need support or to bring children, but where possible we’re asking customers to stick to one adult.”


Shop outside of the usual busy times

With 400 branches open until midnight, the retailer has encouraged customers to spread out when they visit.

“With more shops open longer, later in the evening is often quieter,” a statement continued.

Plan ahead

Earlier this year, M&S introduced ‘Sparks Book & Shop’ which allows customers to secure a time slot ahead of visiting.

While walk-ins are still allowed, booking a time can cut back on the need to wait in long queues.

M&S stated: “If you need to shop at a fixed time or want to avoid a queue use ‘Sparks Book & Shop’ which allows you to book a shopping slot.

“Since it launched nearly half a million slots have been booked.”

Pay contact-free

“Use contact-free payment solutions like Mobile Pay Go,” the statement continued.

The retailer introduced Mobile Pay Go as a way to bypass checkouts in stores.

Shoppers simply scan their food items using the M&S app and pay from their phone once the shop is complete.

Maintain social distancing

The statement added: “Be kind, give everyone space and cover your face.”

Wearing face coverings is mandatory for most shoppers in all parts of the UK.

Signs have also been put into shops which reminds those visiting to keep a safe distance.

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