KFC and McDonalds made the decision to close their branches just three weeks ago, as the UK entered lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The chicken fast food chain decided to close its stores to protect the wellbeing and safety of customers and staff, in order to follow government guidelines.
However, 11 of KFC’s restaurants have re-opened for delivery only and are serving a limited menu with fewer staff working in the stores.
A KFC spokesperson said: “The safety of our team is a top priority for us and we’d never ask them to work in an environment which made them feel uncomfortable.
“Their returning to work is on an opt-in basis, and those who can travel to work without the use of public transport have been asked to return.
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“We’ve implemented a number of measures to observe social distancing in these restaurants. This includes placing tape on the floor to create working zones two metres apart and operating with just one person per station and fewer team members.
“There’s still a need for affordable, accessible food at this time – so we want to do our part.”
The full list of KFC stores reopening:
- Heaton Chapel
- New Oscott
- Manchester Hulme
- Manchester – Deansgate
- Ipswich – Cardinal Park
- Glasgow – Pollokshaws Road
- Glasgow – Great Western Retail Park
- Enfield – Coliseum Retail Park
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The company is hoping to expand this to other branches if it is deemed safe to do so.
The stores will all have a reduced menu which will prevent the need for team members to cross stations and keep work simple.
Team members are also packing the orders wearing gloves.
The chicken shop has also said that thousands of free meals are being donated to NHS and key workers across the country.
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Each open restaurant has pledged to provide 100 free meals every Tuesday to the NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many chicken lovers took to social media to express their excitement over the news.
“I honestly can’t wait for KFC to reopen,” one Twitter user posted.
Another said: “GREAT NEWS TODAY, KFC IN MANCHESTER HAS RE-OPENED.”
Other major chains including McDonald’s and Nando’s have remained closed, despite being allowed to open for deliveries if they adhere to social distancing rules.
Domino’s pizza has also made the decision to stay open during the lockdown but have made changes to their regulations.
The takeaway has stopped pizza collections, meaning customers cannot visit a store to collect.
Instead, the pizza chain is operating a no contact service which allows drivers to drop off orders without coming into contact with customers, by leaving it on doorsteps.
Previously, Domino’s had stopped accepting cash as payment and is now encouraging customers to pay on card via their website, app or over the phone.
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