Pret A Manager are planning to close six more stores and will cut a further 400 jobs due to the recovery being hampered by the new guidance over the virus.
The sandwich chain has seen a “consistent sales growth” over four months since they reopened, but sales growth “slowed” by the end of September.
After the government advised workers to work from home where possible, this caused a “setback” in trading across their 266 stores in London.
Clare Clough, Pret’s UK managing director said, “It’s absolutely right that we take steps to stop the spread of the virus and tackle the new wave of infections.
“Sadly, the result of the rise in infections and the necessary shift in public health guidance mean that our recovery has slowed.
“We’ve said all along that it’s up to Pret to decide our own future and that we must adapt to the new situation we find ourselves in.
“That’s why we have to make these further changes as we continue to transform our business model and prepare for the six months ahead.
“We are doing everything we can to support our team members and to prevent further job losses at Pret.”