KFC Re-Opens Some Stores For Deliveries Only And Donates Free Meals To NHS Staff
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Fast food favourite KFC has re-opened some of its UK restaurants for takeaway service only.
The fried chicken chain closed its stores by 25 March in-line with the government's guidance on social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Now 11 restaurants across the UK have reopened, offering a limited menu and takeaway only service. A KFC spokesperson confirmed the chain was looking into reopening further restaurants over the coming weeks - but only if it was considered safe to do so.
These are the stores that are currently taking orders, with a limited menu:
- Stockport - Heaton Chapel
- Birmingham - New Oscott
- Manchester - Hulme
- Aldershot, Hampshire
- Ipswich - Cardinal Park
- Glasgow - Pollokshaws Road
- Glasgow - Great Western Retail Park
- Enfield - Coliseum Retail Park
- Manchester - Deansgate
KFC confirmed social distancing measures have been brought in for both in-store employees and delivery drivers. These include placing tape on the floor to create designated working zones two metres apart, as well as operating with just one person per station and fewer team members.
Serving a limited menu will also help keep things simple and prevent the need for team members to cross stations. Team members packing the orders are also wearing gloves and deliveries will be made contactless.
A spokesperson for KFC told LADbible: "Over the last week, we've reopened 11 of our restaurants in the UK. They're open for delivery only and are serving a limited menu, operated by fewer team members with new procedures in place to help ensure we're following social distancing guidelines.
"There's still a need for affordable, accessible food at this time - so we want to do our part. We've also donated thousands of meals from all our open restaurants to those on the frontline, including the NHS and key workers, in partnership with Deliveroo, and will continue to do so each week whilst the situation continues."
Last week, the chain donated more than 3,000 meals to NHS staff and key workers. Over the last few days, it has continued to donate hundreds more. Each open restaurant has committed to provide 100 free meals every Tuesday to those working on the frontline.
In order to staff the restaurants, KFC has given employees the chance to return to work on an 'opt-in basis', saying only those who can get to work without using public transport have been asked to go back in.