KFC Australia Bans Eating In Restaurants Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic
All dine-in sections of KFC restaurants across Australia will be shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The fast food empire has revealed its plans to encourage social distancing and give the restaurants the best chance at slowing the spread of Covid-19.
In a statement, the company said: "In difficult times, it's the little things that make us feel normal - like enjoying your favourite meal. Which is why KFC has been working so hard to keep our kitchens open, no matter what happens with Covid-19.
"Just a week ago no-one knew what 'social distance' was, now we all know how important it is.
"So, from Wednesday 18 March, we've chosen to temporarily close our dining room seating and ask everyone to use drive-thru, takeaway or get KFC home-delivered instead.
"KFC has always held ourselves to the highest possible standards of cleanliness - this is more important than ever.
"Every KFC staff member is getting special Covid-19 training and we've already introduced extra cleaning of surfaces.
"Importantly, and in line with expert advice, all staff will be washing their hands even more frequently (above industry standards) - even if they've had no outside contact."
It follows a similar decision introduced by McDonald's in the UK.
The change will come into force from 5am on Wednesday (18 March UK time) but the burger chain will still be operating takeaway, delivery, and drive-thru options.
Speaking about the news, McDonald's UK and Ireland boss Paul Pomroy said: "The wellbeing of our employees, customers and suppliers remains of the greatest importance to us and these changes are designed with you all in mind.
"We have not taken this decision lightly and will continue to review this over the coming days."
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