M&S to close stores on Boxing Day after government relaxes rules at Christmas

The CEO of M&S wants to give his staff time off to spend with family

Marks and Spencer
(Image credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Boxing day is normally heaving with shoppers hoping to get a good discount in shops like M&S - but this year will be very different.

Now Marks and Spencer's have revealed they'll be closing all their stores on Boxing day - despite previously declaring they would keep all 200 stores open around the festive period.

This week the government said they would be relaxing coronavirus rules - meaning that for a five-day period, around Christmas, up to three families can see each other indoors. 

M&S wants to use the rule relaxation to allow their staff time with family over the Christmas period.

M&S chief executive Steve Rowe said about the decision: “Throughout the pandemic, our colleagues have gone above and beyond to deliver for our customers and as we enter the busy festive season they are doubling down on their efforts once again to help our customers deliver the Christmas magic for their families and friends.

“2020 has been a uniquely challenging year for everyone and this Christmas, the celebrations we have, will be more precious than ever.

He went on to say that on the run-up to Christmas all their stores will have longer opening hours and "it’s why we have taken the decision to close our operations on Boxing Day, so that our colleagues can enjoy more special time with their loved ones.

“This is a big decision, but it is absolutely the right one given the incredible effort everyone has made in the most challenging of circumstances," the CEO finished with.

The time off will also extend to its customer contact centre and its distribution centre in Castle Donington. What a lovely early Christmas present! 

Despite closing their stores no doubt you'll still be able to shop all those boxing day sales online still. We also revealed last week that one of M&S's Christmas sandwiches was getting a lot of attention on Instagram - their egg and cress sandwich, which had a while poached egg inside was very popular.

Sarah Finley
Sarah Finley

Sarah is a freelance writer - writing across titles including Woman & Home, Fit & Well, Tech Radar and the BBC. Covering a variety of subjects, including the royals, celebrities and trends in beauty, fashion and wellness - her biggest passions are travel and fitness. She can normally be found trying out the latest fitness class or on a plane to an exotic destination (pandemic allowing) - or writing about either of them.