KFC has announced it is to reopen 80 more of its stores this week amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The news comes as, earlier this month the fast food chain reopened 11 of its sites for takeaway orders, following the decision to temporarily close its doors last month “protect the wellbeing and safety” of its customers and staff, following government regulations of a lockdown to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
KFC said the reopening will be done “responsibly and carefully” with stringent processes and hygiene measures put in place. All restaurants will continue serving a limited menu to help the smaller kitchen teams maintain social distancing.
KFC said opening these restaurants will mean that it can continue donating food to the NHS and key workers.
It said: “When these restaurants reopen, we’ll be able to continue to deliver 10,000 meals a week in partnership with Deliveroo – to add to the 13,000 we’ve already donated.”
Paula MacKenzie, managing director for KFC UK and Ireland said: “I’m really proud of the way we, with our franchise partners, have been able to carefully get some of our restaurants back open for delivery over the last two weeks.
“This next stage allows us to continue to provide wider access to hot food for those who need it most, whether that’s key workers after a long shift or those working from home who need a quick, affordable dinner for the family. I’m hugely appreciative of our team members who have returned to work – it’s a challenging time for everyone, but we’re so glad to play our part in helping to feed the nation.”