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KFC fans can now get their hands on the colonel’s fried chicken once more as 11 branches around the UK have reopened for takeaways.

The fried chicken chain is also dishing out free meals for NHS staff and other key workers.

KFC had initially closed all of its restaurants and stopped delivering takeaways by March 25.

It followed Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing on March 20 that all non-essential shops and businesses must close.

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Restaurants are still allowed to deliver takeaways, but at the time KFC said it would shut its doors to “protect the wellbeing and safety” of staff and customers.

KFC has more than 900 branches in the UK and employs around 24,000 members of staff – us its store locator tool to find your nearest.

But now it’s confirmed 11 branches have reopened for deliveries only, and it plans to reopen more over the next few weeks if it can do so “responsibly”.

You can now order from these branches via Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats, but you can’t order directly from the KFC website.

Just bear in mind that delivery via Deliveroo varies depending on how far you live from the retailer, while on Just Eat and Uber Eats it varies by restaurant.

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KFC is also operating a limited menu to “help keep things simple” and prevent the need for team members to cross work stations.

Staff have designated working zones two metres apart marked by tape on the floor and operating with just one person per station.

Those packing orders have to wear gloves, while KFC has also placed taped markings on the floor to keep delivery drivers apart.

It adds that returning to work is on an opt-in basis, and only those who can travel to work without using public transport have been asked to come back.

This means there will be fewer staff in branches.

Where staff can’t or don’t want to return to work they will get 80 per cent of their wages paid, up to £2,500 a month, under the government’s furlough scheme.

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KFC adds that reopened stores last week donated over 3,000 meals to NHS and key workers via Deliveroo.

It now plans to provide 100 free meals from each open restaurant every Tuesday to those on the frontline.

Deliveries will be made directly to hospitals, care homes and supermarkets with orders of 50-plus being prioritised.

If you’re responsible for a team of key workers, you can email heretodeliver@deliveroo.co.uk for the next steps.

A KFC spokesperson said: “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.”

The fried food specialist recently came under fire for its finger lickin’ TV advert after coronavirus spreading complaints.

By Helen Knapman

Source: The Scottish Sun

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