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KFC Reopens Stores For Deliveries Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

KFC Reopens Stores For Deliveries Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

It was a heartbreaking moment last month when restaurants and pubs across the country announced they were officially closing due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Huge chains - including fast food giants McDonald's and KFC - announced that, in adherence to the government social distancing guidelines, they were temporarily closing their doors.

But now the popular chicken chain has announced it is re-opening some of its branches - albeit only for deliveries.

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While the food menus will be whittled down and less staff members will be working, the good news is this will mean that you might be able to get a Bargain Bucket to your door, once more. Yaaas.

KFC restaurants boarded up their doors last month (Credit: PA)
KFC restaurants boarded up their doors last month (Credit: PA)

A KFC Spokesperson exclusively told Tyla: "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."

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Showing support for all the NHS workers on the frontline, KFC added: "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."

The fast food chain is operating with a limited menu (Credit: KFC/ Instagram)
The fast food chain is operating with a limited menu (Credit: KFC/ Instagram)

Currently the restaurants KFC has re-opened for delivery are Heaton Chapel in Stockport, Tamworth in Staffordshire, New Oscott in Birmingham, Manchester's Hulme, Portsmouth, Bracknell in Berkshire and Ipswich's Cardinal Park.

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Plus, Glasgow's Pollokshaws Road and Great Western Retail Park branches are offering delivery, alongside Enfield's Coliseum Retail Park and Manchester's Deansgate restaurants.

But if your local KFC isn't on the list then don't despair. The chain added that it is "looking at additional restaurants to open over the next few weeks".

However, they added, rightly, that "the safety of [their] teams is a top priority".

KFC has teamed up with Deliveroo (Credit: PA)
KFC has teamed up with Deliveroo (Credit: PA)
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"If we can't do it responsibly - we won't do it at all," the restaurant's representatives pledged. "[Staff] returning to work is on an opt-in basis, and only those who can travel to work without the use of public transport have been asked to return.

"We've implemented a number of measures to observe social distancing in these restaurants. This includes placing tape on the floor to create designated working zones two metres apart and 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."

We're so happy to see KFC open some of its doors again. Now, who fancies a Deliveroo for lunch?!

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Tasty Food, Coronavirus, KFC, Tasty

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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