Fast food giants Burger King and KFC, and sandwich chain Pret A Manger, have reopened a limited number of UK branches with safety measures in place including social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The companies said dining areas would remain shut as part of the UK’s lockdown measures.
Katie Evans, Burger King marketing director, said she hoped the re-openings would go “some way to lifting our customers’ spirits in these difficult times”.
Pret said it was reopening 10 shop kitchens close to hospitals in London, according to The Mirror.
The company said: “This allows us to also get our supply chain up and running to donate food to homeless charities, so we will be donating 7,000 additional meals per week to our homeless charity partners.”
Meanwhile, KFC has also reportedly reopened a small number of its eateries for delivery only, while food menus will be selective and fewer staff members will be in the restaurants and will be following social distancing.
A KFC spokesperson told The Mirror: “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.”
KFC added that it was showing support for all the NHS workers on the frontline. It said: “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.”
Where Burger King has reopened:
Bristol (two restaurants)
Where KFC has reopened:
Great Western Retail Park branches