However, everything changed on Thursday morning when 800 people, including 50 in the region, were ready to reopen hungry customers again.
The reason why Gregord goodie lovers from Geordie got a taste of the rest of the UK was that the bakers made the decision to test the reopenings in their native North East and after proving their success, decided give customers elsewhere their dose of sausage rolls and steaks.
And someone who was very excited about the re-openings is This Morning presenter Alison Hammond who gave the people who watch at home a look inside live.
There aren’t really any major differences, but one thing you will certainly notice are the large plexiglass screens at the counters to protect staff and customers, similar to those in some supermarkets.
Social distancing signs and markers are also easy to spot, and customers are also encouraged to use contactless payments whenever possible.
There’s also a slightly reduced menu though many items have made the cut, including bacon and sausage sandwiches for breakfast, sandwiches like the popular ham and cheese baguette and the oval bite of Mexican chicken and of course pastries like steaks, sausages, beans and cheese melt and roll vegan sausages.
Alison welcomed customers to the Greggs branch she visited in Birmingham, including one called Hannah, who exclaimed: “We waited 12 weeks for a roll of sausage! “